Three suspects face federal gun possession charges

Two of the suspects in a federal drug and gun possession case have hearings set to change their pleas while one of the three is still headed for trial.

According to the indictment from a Federal Grand Jury, the three suspects face federal gun possession charges. Shannon Pickett, 35, and Dustin Blackston, 25, are both convicted felons which makes firearm possession illegal. Blackston has felony convictions based on a July 2010 case in Oklahoma where he was found guilty of possessing several illegal drugs and paraphernalia and stolen property including a credit card belonging to someone else. He also has other felony convictions in Oklahoma and Kansas convictions for felony theft.

Pickett has been convicted of drug possession and intent to sell and also obstruction of justice in Kansas.

Aguirre is charged under the law that bans firearm possession for unlawful users of controlled substances.

The guns found in the investigation include:

• A Taurus, model PT111 Millennium Pro, 9 millimeter pistol.

• A Harington and Richardson, model 929, .22 caliber revolver

• A Colt, model Police Positive, .38 caliber revolver, and

If convicted, these firearms and related ammunition would all be forfeited in addition to the jail sentences the defendants would face.

Blackston and Pickett, who was finally arrested on Sept. 9 after giving birth to a child she was pregnant with when the investigation began, both have hearings next week to change their pleas. The original pleas were not guilty.

Pickett’s hearing is set for Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. Blackston will appear at 4 p.m. on October 30.

Aguirre is still set for trial on Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. in Federal Court.

The three were busted due in part to extra patrols from the Augusta Safety Department and the work of a local Neighborhood Watch group.

In December of last year, officers were working a case involving the suspicion of drug sales at a home on Dearborn. The search warrant issued in that case revealed evidence in the more serious federal charges.