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Three indicted on jail contraband charges

November 19, 2018

KINGMAN — Three suspects from the Tri-state were indicted Thursday on charges of bringing drugs into the Mohave County Jail.

A Mohave County grand jury indicted Matthew Austin Solari, 31, and Ryan Valente Acosta, 28, on felony charges of conspiracy to commit promoting prison contraband and six counts of promoting prison contraband.

Ashley Desiree Aquino, 24, of Bullhead City, was indicted Thursday on felony charges of conspiracy to commit promoting prison contraband and four counts of promoting prison contraband.

Aquino, a detention officer at the jail, was arrested Nov. 5 on suspicion of bringing heroin and other contraband into the jail.

Jail staff searched the jail but found the heroin already had been disposed of before the searches began, the sheriff’s office reported. The other contraband was tobacco, which is prohibited in the jail.

Aquino had been working at the jail since last December, according to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.

Solari and Acosta will be arraigned Wednesday on the charges at the county jail. Solari is being held on a $750,000 bond while Acosta is being held on a $20,000 bond.

Aquino will be arraigned Dec. 3. She is not in custody.

All three of their cases will be heard before Superior Court Billy Sipe Jr.

Solari, of Needles, also is charged in a 2017 case with fraudulent schemes and artifices. Solari and several others were charged by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for their alleged involvement in a Bullhead City opioid ring.

Acosta, of Bullhead City, is in custody in other cases involving drug charges.

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