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Another meth bust suspect sentenced
John Boone and Daniel Milea, who fled during their trial, still at large

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KINGMAN - The case known as Operation Picture Perfect is all but over.

With the exception of two men who fled during their trial earlier this spring, all of the defendants have been sentenced to varying terms of prison or probation.

The last sentencing came Friday, when 37-year-old Xavier Milea, who had been found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, was sentenced by Judge Steven Conn to six years in prison.

Milea was one of five men whose combined trial began in March and lasted around five weeks. Two of the men, 55-year-old John Boone and Milea's 40-year-old half-brother, Daniel Milea, fled during the trial and have warrants out for their arrest. Both were found guilty of conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, illegal use of a wire and conducting an illegal enterprise.

The other two trial defendants were Sean Blackwell and Michael Mayo. Blackwell was found guilty of conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, illegal use of a wire, possession of dangerous drugs and three counts of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

Mayo was found guilty of conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, illegal use of a wire and conducting an illegal enterprise. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Thirteen of the 18 defendants, including alleged ringleaders Jose and Deaney Ochoa, took plea deals to avoid trial.

They were all arrested in April 2008 after a lengthy investigation by the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team, which charged the individuals with varying levels of participation in a methamphetamine ring said to have brought around 500 pounds of the drug into Kingman over the course of a year.

The bust was said to have netted the county thousands of pages of wiretap information, a pound of methamphetamine, $42,660 in cash, 43 weapons, 20 cars/trucks, two personal watercraft, four all-terrain vehicles, one dune buggy, 15 big-screen/ flat-screen TVs, 28 computers and seven surveillance camera systems.

During Milea's sentencing, Judge Conn, who presided over the Picture Perfect cases, said the disparity in the sentences was the result of multiple factors, including actual acts committed and cooperation with authorities following their arrest, as well as prior criminal history and outstanding, unrelated charges for some of the defendants.

Prosecutor Greg McPhillips said that he made offers to each of the 18 defendants that he felt were fairly consistent. He said that while many members of the public don't like the idea of cutting deals with accused criminals, plea agreements are necessary for prosecutors to handle their vast workload.

Milea's lawyer asserted that at best, his client delivered packages of methamphetamine once or twice and only as a favor to his brother, since Milea was said to not be a member of the actual drug ring.

McPhillips said Milea's actions were still a significant harm to the community and said the punishment was appropriate.

Milea faced up to 9.25 years in prison.

The rest of the sentences were as follows:

• Mickie L. Castro pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of probation.

• Tashua Havatone pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, sentenced to 120 days in jail and three years of supervised probation.

• Vernice Salazar-Escalante pleaded guilty to attempted possession of dangerous drugs for sale, methamphetamine; sentenced to 229 days with credit for 229 days served because she allowed someone to store drugs at her home for a short time.

• Jose Luis Hernandez Rascon pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, sentenced to 250 days in jail.

• Consuelo Magana pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, sentenced to seven years in prison.

• Reynaldo Magana pleaded guilty to possession of dangerous drugs for sale, sentenced to 12 years in prison.

• Bryan I. Baldwin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, sentenced to 9 years in prison.

• Terrance D. Roberts pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, sentenced to 15 years in prison.

• William S. Smith pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, sentenced to seven years in prison.

• James B. Patterson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, sentenced to 200 days in jail.

• Manuel R. Monteiro Jr. pleaded guilty to possession of dangerous drugs for sale, sentenced to probation.

• Jose Ochoa pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, two counts of attempted transportation of dangerous drugs for sale and one count of money laundering in the second degree; sentenced to 15 years in prison.

• Deaney Ochoa pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, sentenced to six months in jail.

• Sean Blackwell was found guilty of conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, illegal use of a wire, possession of dangerous drugs and three counts of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia; sentenced to three years in prison.

• Michael Mayo was found guilty of conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, illegal use of a wire and conducting an illegal enterprise; sentenced to seven years in prison.

• John Boone was found guilty of conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, illegal use of a wire and conducting an illegal enterprise. Awaiting sentencing, warrant issued.

• Daniel Milea was found guilty of conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, illegal use of a wire and conducting an illegal enterprise. Awaiting sentencing, warrant issued.

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