Butler County Times Gazette
  • Local suspects plead guilty in federal court

  • Two of the suspects in a federal drug and gun possession case have pled guilty to charges they faced.
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  • Two of the suspects in a federal drug and gun possession case have pled guilty to charges they faced.
    According to the indictment from a Federal Grand Jury, the three suspects faced 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.
    Pickett pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances. Her sentencing hearing is set for Jan. 13, 2014.
    Blackston pled guilty Wednesday to illegal gun possession by a convicted felon. His sentencing hearing is set for January 15.
    Rachael 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
    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.
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