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					ESCROW AGREEMENT THIS ESCROW AGREEMENT (this "Agreement") is made and entered into as of June ___, 2002, by AZCO MINING INC., a Delaware corporation (the "Company"); CORNELL CAPITAL PARTNERS, LP, a Delaware limited partnership (the "Investor"); BUTLER GONZALEZ LLP (the "Investor's Counsel"); and FIRST UNION NATIONAL BANK, a national banking association, as Escrow Agent hereunder (the "Escrow Agent"). BACKGROUND WHEREAS, the Company and the Investor have entered into an Equity Line of Credit Agreement (the "Equity Line of Credit Agreement") dated as of the date hereof, pursuant to which the Investor will purchase the Company's Common Stock, par value $0.002 per share (the "Common Stock"), at a price per share equal to the Purchase Price, as that term is defined in the Equity Line of Credit Agreement, for an aggregate amount of up to Five Million Dollars ($5,000,000). The Equity Line of Credit Agreement provides that on each Advance Date the Investor, as that term is defined in the Equity Line of Credit Agreement, shall deposit the Advance pursuant to the Advance Notice in a segregated escrow account to be held by Escrow Agent and the Company shall deposit shares of the Company's Common Stock, which shall be purchased by the Investor as set forth in the Equity Line of Credit Agreement, with the Investor's Counsel, in order to effectuate a disbursement to the Company of the Advance by the Escrow Agent and a disbursement to the Investor of the shares of the Company's Common Stock by Investor's Counsel at a closing to be held as set forth in the Equity Line of Credit Agreement (the "Closing"). WHEREAS, Escrow Agent has agreed to accept, hold, and disburse the funds deposited with it in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. WHEREAS, Investor's Counsel has agreed to accept, hold, and disburse the shares of the Company's Common Stock which have been deposited with it in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. WHEREAS, in order to establish the escrow of funds and shares to effect the provisions of the Equity Line of Credit Agreement, the parties hereto have entered into this Agreement. NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing, it is hereby agreed as follows: 1. Definitions. The following terms shall have the following meanings when used herein: a. "Escrow Funds" shall mean the Advance funds deposited with the Escrow Agent pursuant to this Agreement. b. "Joint Written Direction" shall mean a written direction executed by the Investor and the Company directing Escrow Agent to disburse all or a portion of the Escrow Funds or to take or refrain from taking any action pursuant to this Agreement. c. "Common Stock Joint Written Direction" shall mean a written direction executed by the Investor and the Company directing Investor's Counsel to disburse all or a portion of the shares of the Company's Common Stock or to refrain from taking any action pursuant to this Agreement. 2. Appointment of and Acceptance by Escrow Agent and Investor's Counsel. a. The Investor and the Company hereby appoint Escrow Agent to serve as Escrow Agent hereunder. Escrow Agent hereby accepts such appointment and, upon receipt by wire transfer of the Escrow Funds in accordance with Section 3 below, agrees to hold, invest and disburse the Escrow Funds in accordance with this Agreement.

b. The Investor and the Company hereby appoint Investor's Counsel to serve as the holder of the shares of the Company's Common Stock which shall be purchased by the Investor. Investor's Counsel hereby accepts such appointment and, upon receipt via D.W.A.C or the certificates representing of the shares of the Company's Common Stock in accordance with Section 3 below, agrees to hold and disburse the shares of the Company's Common Stock in accordance with this Agreement. 3. Creation of Escrow Account/Common Stock Account. a. On or prior to the date of this Agreement the Escrow Agent shall establish an escrow account for the deposit of the Escrow Funds entitled as follows: Azco Mining Inc./Cornell Capital Partners, LP The Investor will wire funds to the account of the Escrow Agent as follows:
Bank: Routing Account Name on Name on First Union National Bank of New Jersey 031201467 2020000659170 Butler Gonzalez LLP/First Union as Escrow Agent Azco Mining Inc./Cornell Capital Partners, LP Escrow account 1776-02 Robert Mercado (732) 452-3005 Carmela Agugliaro (732) 452-3005 Only wire transfers shall be accepted.

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Reference Sub-Account #: Attn: Note:

b. On or prior to the date of this Agreement Investor's Counsel shall establish an account for the D.W.A.C. of the shares of Common Stock. The Company will D.W.A.C. shares of the Company's Common Stock to the account of Investor's Counsel as follows:
Brokerage Firm: Account #: DTC #: Name on Account: Investec Ernst & Co. 400-07595 0233 Butler Gonzalez LLP Escrow Account

4. Deposits into the Escrow Account. The Investor agrees that it shall promptly deliver all monies for the payment of the Common Stock to the Escrow Agent for deposit in the Escrow Account. 5. Disbursements from the Escrow Account. a. At such time as Escrow Agent has collected and deposited instruments of payment in the total amount of the Advance and the Investor's Counsel has received such Common Stock via D.W.A.C from the Company which are to be issued to the Investor pursuant to the Equity Line of Credit Agreement, Investor's Counsel shall notify the Company and the Investor. The Escrow Agent will continue to hold such funds until the Investor and Company execute and deliver a Joint Written Direction directing the Escrow Agent to disburse the Escrow Funds pursuant to Joint Written Direction at which time the Escrow Agent shall wire the Escrow Funds to the Company. In disbursing such funds, Escrow Agent is authorized to rely upon such Joint Written Direction from Company and may accept any signatory from the Company listed on the signature page to this Agreement and any signature from the Investor that Escrow Agent already has on file. Simultaneous with delivery of the executed Joint Written Direction to the Escrow Agent the Investor and Company shall execute and deliver a Common Stock Joint Written Direction to Investor's Counsel directing Investor's Counsel to release via D.W.A.C to the Investor the shares of the Company's Common Stock. In releasing such shares of Common Stock Investor's Counsel is authorized to rely upon such Common Stock Joint Written Direction from Company and may accept any signatory from the Company listed on the signature page to this Agreement and any signature from the Investor Investor's Counsel has on file.

In the event the Escrow Agent does not receive the amount of the Advance from the Investor, the Escrow Agent shall notify the Company and the Investor. In the event Investor's Counsel does not receive the shares of Common Stock to be purchased by the Investor Investor's Counsel shall notify the Company and the Investor. In the event that the Escrow Agent is advised by the Investor's Counsel that the Common Stock has not been received from the Company, in no event will the Escrow Funds be released to the Company until such shares are received by the Investor's Counsel. For purposes of this Agreement, the term "Common Stock certificates" shall mean Common Stock certificates to be purchased pursuant to the respective Advance Notice pursuant to the Equity Line of Credit Agreement. 6. Collection Procedure. The Escrow Agent is hereby authorized to forward each wire for collection and, upon collection of the proceeds of each wire deposit the collected proceeds in the Escrow Account. Any wires returned unpaid to the Escrow Agent shall be returned to the Investor. In such cases, the Escrow Agent will promptly notify the Company of such return. 7. Suspension of Performance: Disbursement Into Court. a. Escrow Agent. If at any time, there shall exist any dispute between the Company and the Investor with respect to holding or disposition of any portion of the Escrow Funds or any other obligations of Escrow Agent hereunder, or if at any time Escrow Agent is unable to determine, to Escrow Agent's sole satisfaction, the proper disposition of any portion of the Escrow Funds or Escrow Agent's proper actions with respect to its obligations hereunder, or if the parties have not within thirty (30) days of the furnishing by Escrow Agent of a notice of resignation pursuant to Section 9 hereof, appointed a successor Escrow Agent to act hereunder, then Escrow Agent may, in its sole discretion, take either or both of the following actions: i. Suspend the performance of any of its obligations (including without limitation any disbursement obligations) under this Escrow Agreement until such dispute or uncertainty shall be resolved to the sole satisfaction of Escrow Agent or until a successor Escrow Agent shall be appointed (as the case may be); provided however, Escrow Agent shall continue to invest the Escrow Funds in accordance with Section 8 hereof; and/or ii. petition (by means of an interpleader action or any other appropriate method) any court of competent jurisdiction in any venue convenient to Escrow Agent, for instructions with respect to such dispute or uncertainty, and to the extent required by law, pay into such court, for holding and disposition in accordance with the instructions of such court, all funds held by it in the Escrow Funds, after deduction and payment to Escrow Agent of all fees and expenses (including court costs and attorneys' fees) payable to, incurred by, or expected to be incurred by Escrow Agent in connection with performance of its duties and the exercise of its rights hereunder. iii. Escrow Agent shall have no liability to the Company, the Investor, or any person with respect to any such suspension of performance or disbursement into court, specifically including any liability or claimed liability that may arise, or be alleged to have arisen, out of or as a result of any delay in the disbursement of funds held in the Escrow Funds or any delay in with respect to any other action required or requested of Escrow Agent.

b. Investor's Counsel. If at any time, there shall exist any dispute between the Company and the Investor with respect to holding or disposition of any portion of the shares of Common Stock or any other obligations of Investor's Counsel hereunder, or if at any time Investor's Counsel is unable to determine, to Investor's Counsel's sole satisfaction, the proper disposition of any portion of the shares of Common Stock or Investor's Counsel's proper actions with respect to its obligations hereunder, then Investor's Counsel may, in its sole discretion, take either or both of the following actions: i. suspend the performance of any of its obligations (including without limitation any disbursement obligations) under this Escrow Agreement until such dispute or uncertainty shall be resolved to the sole satisfaction of Investor's Counsel or until a successor shall be appointed (as the case may be); and/or ii. petition (by means of an interpleader action or any other appropriate method) any court of competent jurisdiction in any venue convenient to Investor's Counsel, for instructions with respect to such dispute or uncertainty, and to the extent required by law, pay into such court, for holding and disposition in accordance with the instructions of such court, all shares of the Company's Common Stock funds held by it, after deduction and payment to Investor's Counsel of all fees and expenses (including court costs and attorneys' fees) payable to, incurred by, or expected to be incurred by Investor's Counsel in connection with performance of its duties and the exercise of its rights hereunder. iii. Investor's Counsel shall have no liability to the Company, the Investor, or any person with respect to any such suspension of performance or disbursement into court, specifically including any liability or claimed liability that may arise, or be alleged to have arisen, out of or as a result of any delay in the release of shares of the Company's Common Stock or any delay in with respect to any other action required or requested of Investor's Counsel. 8. Investment of Escrow Funds. The Escrow Agent shall deposit the Escrow Funds in a non-interest bearing money market account. If Escrow Agent has not received a Joint Written Direction at any time that an investment decision must be made, Escrow Agent shall invest the Escrow Fund, or such portion thereof, as to which no Joint Written Direction has been received, in investments described above. The foregoing investments shall be made by the Escrow Agent. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained, Escrow Agent may, without notice to the parties, sell or liquidate any of the foregoing investments at any time if the proceeds thereof are required for any release of funds permitted or required hereunder, and Escrow Agent shall not be liable or responsible for any loss, cost or penalty resulting from any such sale or liquidation. 9. Resignation and Removal of Escrow Agent. Escrow Agent may resign from the performance of its duties hereunder at any time by giving thirty (30) days' prior written notice to the parties or may be removed, with or without cause, by the parties, acting jointly, by furnishing a Joint Written Direction to Escrow Agent, at any time by the giving of ten (10) days' prior written notice to Escrow Agent as provided herein below. Upon any such notice of resignation or removal, the representatives of the Investor and the Company identified in Sections 15a. (iv) and 15b.(iv), below, jointly shall appoint a successor Escrow Agent hereunder, which shall be a commercial bank, trust company or other financial institution with a combined capital and surplus in excess of $10,000,000.00. Upon the acceptance in writing of any appointment of Escrow Agent hereunder by a successor Escrow Agent, such successor Escrow Agent shall thereupon succeed to and become vested with all the rights, powers, privileges and duties of the retiring Escrow Agent, and the retiring Escrow Agent shall be discharged from its duties and obligations under this Escrow Agreement, but shall not be discharged from any liability for actions taken as Escrow Agent hereunder prior to such succession. After any retiring Escrow Agent's resignation or removal, the provisions of this Escrow Agreement shall inure to its benefit as to any actions taken or omitted to be taken by it while it was Escrow Agent under this Escrow Agreement. The retiring Escrow Agent shall transmit all records pertaining to the Escrow Funds and shall pay all funds held by it in the Escrow Funds to the successor Escrow Agent, after making copies of such records as the retiring Escrow Agent deems advisable and after deduction and payment to the retiring Escrow Agent of all fees and expenses (including court costs and attorneys' fees) payable to, incurred by, or expected to be incurred by the retiring Escrow Agent in connection with the performance of its duties and the exercise of its rights hereunder.

10. Liability of Escrow Agent. a. Escrow Agent shall have no liability or obligation with respect to the Escrow Funds except for Escrow Agent's willful misconduct or gross negligence. Escrow Agent's sole responsibility shall be for the safekeeping, investment, and disbursement of the Escrow Funds in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. Escrow Agent shall have no implied duties or obligations and shall not be charged with knowledge or notice or any fact or circumstance not specifically set forth herein. Escrow Agent may rely upon any instrument, not only as to its due execution, validity and effectiveness, but also as to the truth and accuracy of any information contained therein, which Escrow Agent shall in good faith believe to be genuine, to have been signed or presented by the person or parties purporting to sign the same and conform to the provisions of this Agreement. In no event shall Escrow Agent be liable for incidental, indirect, special, and consequential or punitive damages. Escrow Agent shall not be obligated to take any legal action or commence any proceeding in connection with the Escrow Funds, any account in which Escrow Funds are deposited, this Agreement or the Equity Line of Credit Agreement, or to appear in, prosecute or defend any such legal action or proceeding. Escrow Agent may consult legal counsel selected by it in any event of any dispute or question as to construction of any of the provisions hereof or of any other agreement or its duties hereunder, or relating to any dispute involving any party hereto, and shall incur no liability and shall be fully indemnified from any liability whatsoever in acting in accordance with the opinion or instructions of such counsel. The Company and the Investor jointly and severally shall promptly pay, upon demand, the reasonable fees and expenses of any such counsel. b. The Escrow Agent is hereby authorized, in its sole discretion, to comply with orders issued or process entered by any court with respect to the Escrow Funds, without determination by the Escrow Agent of such court's jurisdiction in the matter. If any portion of the Escrow Funds is at any time attached, garnished or levied upon under any court order, or in case the payment, assignment, transfer, conveyance or delivery of any such property shall be stayed or enjoined by any court order, or in any case any order judgment or decree shall be made or entered by any court affecting such property or any part thereof, then and in any such event, the Escrow Agent is authorized, in its sole discretion, to rely upon and comply with any such order, writ judgment or decree which it is advised by legal counsel selected by it, binding upon it, without the need for appeal or other action; and if the Escrow Agent complies with any such order, writ, judgment or decree, it shall not be liable to any of the parties hereto or to any other person or entity by reason of such compliance even though such order, writ judgment or decree may be subsequently reversed, modified, annulled, set aside or vacated. 11. Liability of Investor's Counsel. a. Notwithstanding any liability attributable to Investor's Counsel as counsel to the Investor, Investor's Counsel shall have no liability or obligation with respect to the shares of the Company's Common Stock except for Investor's Counsel's willful misconduct or gross negligence. Investor's Counsel's sole responsibility shall be for the safekeeping and release of the shares of the Company's Common Stock in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. Investor's Counsel shall have no implied duties or obligations and shall not be charged with knowledge or notice or any fact or circumstance not specifically set forth herein. Investor's Counsel may rely upon any instrument, not only as to its due execution, validity and effectiveness, but also as to the truth and accuracy of any information contained therein, which Investor's Counsel shall in good faith believe to be genuine, to have been signed or presented by the person or parties purporting to sign the same and conform to the provisions of this Agreement. In no event shall Investor's Counsel be liable for incidental, indirect, special, and consequential or punitive damages. Investor's Counsel shall not be obligated to take any legal action or commence any proceeding in connection with the shares of the Company's Common Stock, any account in which shares of Common Stock are deposited and this Agreement, or to appear in, prosecute or defend any such legal action or proceeding. Investor's Counsel may consult legal counsel selected by it in any event of any dispute or question as to construction of any of the provisions hereof or of any other agreement or its duties hereunder, or relating to any dispute involving any party hereto, and shall incur no liability and shall be fully indemnified from any liability whatsoever in acting in accordance with the opinion or instructions of such counsel. The Company and the Investor jointly and severally shall promptly pay, upon demand, the reasonable fees and expenses of any such counsel.

b. Investor's Counsel is hereby authorized, in its sole discretion, to comply with orders issued or process entered by any court with respect to the shares of the Company's Common Stock, without determination by Butler Gonzalez of such court's jurisdiction in the matter. If any portion of the shares of the Company's Common Stock are at any time attached, garnished or levied upon under any court order, or in case the payment, assignment, transfer, conveyance or delivery of any such property shall be stayed or enjoined by any court order, or in any case any order judgment or decree shall be made or entered by any court affecting such property or any part thereof, then and in any such event, the Investor's Counsel is authorized, in its sole discretion, to rely upon and comply with any such order, writ judgment or decree which it is advised by legal counsel selected by it, binding upon it, without the need for appeal or other action; and if Investor's Counsel complies with any such order, writ, judgment or decree, it shall not be liable to any of the parties hereto or to any other person or entity by reason of such compliance even though such order, writ judgment or decree may be subsequently reversed, modified, annulled, set aside or vacated. 12. Indemnification of Escrow Agent. From and at all times after the date of this Agreement, the parties jointly and severally, shall, to the fullest extent permitted by law and to the extent provided herein, indemnify and hold harmless Escrow Agent and each director, officer, employee, attorney, agent and affiliate of Escrow Agent (collectively, the "Indemnified Parties") against any and all actions, claims (whether or not valid), losses, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses of any kind or nature whatsoever (including without limitation reasonable attorney's fees, costs and expenses) incurred by or asserted against any of the Indemnified Parties from and after the date hereof, whether direct, indirect or consequential, as a result of or arising from or in any way relating to any claim, demand, suit, action, or proceeding (including any inquiry or investigation) by any person, including without limitation the parties to this Agreement, whether threatened or initiated, asserting a claim for any legal or equitable remedy against any person under any statute or regulation, including, but not limited to, any federal or state securities laws, or under any common law or equitable cause or otherwise, arising from or in connection with the negotiation, preparation, execution, performance or failure of performance of this Agreement or any transaction contemplated herein, whether or not any such Indemnified Party is a party to any such action or proceeding, suit or the target of any such inquiry or investigation; provided, however, that no Indemnified Party shall have the right to be indemnified hereunder for liability finally determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, subject to no further appeal, to have resulted solely from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of such Indemnified Party. If any such action or claim shall be brought or asserted against any Indemnified Party, such Indemnified Party shall promptly notify the Company and the Investor hereunder in writing, and the and the Company shall assume the defense thereof, including the employment of counsel and the payment of all expenses. Such Indemnified Party shall, in its sole discretion, have the right to employ separate counsel (who may be selected by such Indemnified Party in its sole discretion) in any such action and to participate and to participate in the defense thereof, and the fees and expenses of such counsel shall be paid by such Indemnified Party, except that the Investor and/or the Company shall be required to pay such fees and expense if (a) the Investor or the Company agree to pay such fees and expenses, or (b) the Investor and/or the Company shall fail to assume the defense of such action or proceeding or shall fail, in the sole discretion of such Indemnified Party, to employ counsel reasonably satisfactory to the Indemnified Party in any such action or proceeding, (c) the Investor and the Company are the plaintiff in any such action or proceeding or (d) the named or potential parties to any such action or proceeding (including any potentially impleaded parties) include both Indemnified Party the Company and/or the Investor and Indemnified Party shall have been advised by counsel that there may be one or more legal defenses available to it which are different from or additional to those available to the Company or the Investor. The Investor and the Company shall be jointly and severally liable to pay fees and expenses of counsel pursuant to the preceding sentence, except that any obligation to pay under clause (a) shall apply only to the party so agreeing. All such fees and expenses payable by the Company and/or the Investor pursuant to the foregoing sentence shall be paid from time to time as incurred, both in advance of and after the final disposition of such action or claim. The obligations of the parties under this section shall survive any termination of this Agreement, and resignation or removal of the Escrow Agent shall be independent of any obligation of Escrow Agent.

13. Indemnification of Investor's Counsel. From and at all times after the date of this Agreement, the parties jointly and severally, shall, to the fullest extent permitted by law and to the extent provided herein, indemnify and hold harmless Investor's Counsel and each partner, director, officer, employee, attorney, agent and affiliate of Investor's Counsel (collectively, the "Indemnified Parties") against any and all actions, claims (whether or not valid), losses, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses of any kind or nature whatsoever (including without limitation reasonable attorney's fees, costs and expenses) incurred by or asserted against any of the Indemnified Parties from and after the date hereof, whether direct, indirect or consequential, as a result of or arising from or in any way relating to any claim, demand, suit, action, or proceeding (including any inquiry or investigation) by any person, including without limitation the parties to this Agreement, whether threatened or initiated, asserting a claim for any legal or equitable remedy against any person under any statute or regulation, including, but not limited to, any federal or state securities laws, or under any common law or equitable cause or otherwise, arising from or in connection with the negotiation, preparation, execution, performance or failure of performance of this Agreement or any transaction contemplated herein, whether or not any such Indemnified Party is a party to any such action or proceeding, suit or the target of any such inquiry or investigation; provided, however, that no Indemnified Party shall have the right to be indemnified hereunder for liability finally determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, subject to no further appeal, to have resulted solely from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of such Indemnified Party. If any such action or claim shall be brought or asserted against any Indemnified Party, such Indemnified Party shall promptly notify the Company and the Investor hereunder in writing, and the Investor and the Company shall assume the defense thereof, including the employment of counsel and the payment of all expenses. Such Indemnified Party shall, in its sole discretion, have the right to employ separate counsel (who may be selected by such Indemnified Party in its sole discretion) in any such action and to participate and to participate in the defense thereof, and the fees and expenses of such counsel shall be paid by such Indemnified Party, except that the Investor and/or the Company shall be required to pay such fees and expense if (a) the Investor or the Company agree to pay such fees and expenses, or (b) the Investor and/or the Company shall fail to assume the defense of such action or proceeding or shall fail, in the sole discretion of such Indemnified Party, to employ counsel reasonably satisfactory to the Indemnified Party in any such action or proceeding, (c) the Investor and the Company are the plaintiff in any such action or proceeding or (d) the named or potential parties to any such action or proceeding (including any potentially impleaded parties) include both Indemnified Party the Company and/or the Investor and the Indemnified Party shall have been advised by counsel that there may be one or more legal defenses available to it which are different from or additional to those available to the Company or the Investor. The Investor and the Company shall be jointly and severally liable to pay fees and expenses of counsel pursuant to the preceding sentence, except that any obligation to pay under clause (a) shall apply only to the party so agreeing. All such fees and expenses payable by the Company and/or the Investor pursuant to the foregoing sentence shall be paid from time to time as incurred, both in advance of and after the final disposition of such action or claim. The obligations of the parties under this section shall survive any termination of this Agreement.

14. Expenses of Escrow Agent. Except as set forth in Section 12 the Company shall reimburse Escrow Agent for all of its reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, including attorneys' fees, travel expenses, telephone and facsimile transmission costs, postage (including express mail and overnight delivery charges), copying charges and the like. All of the compensation and reimbursement obligations set forth in this Section shall be payable by the Company, upon demand by Escrow Agent. The obligations of the Company under this Section shall survive any termination of this Agreement and the resignation or removal of Escrow Agent. 15. Warranties. a. The Investor makes the following representations and warranties to the Escrow Agent and Investor's Counsel: i. The Investor has full power and authority to execute and deliver this Agreement and to perform its obligations hereunder. ii. This Agreement has been duly approved by all necessary action of the Investor, including any necessary approval of the limited partner of the Investor, has been executed by duly authorized officers of the Investor's general partner, enforceable in accordance with its terms. iii. The execution, delivery, and performance of the Investor of this Agreement will not violate, conflict with, or cause a default under the agreement of limited partnership of the Investor, any applicable law or regulation, any court order or administrative ruling or degree to which the Investor is a party or any of its property is subject, or any agreement, contract, indenture, or other binding arrangement. iv. Mark A. Angelo has been duly appointed to act as the representative of Investor hereunder and has full power and authority to execute, deliver, and perform this Agreement, to execute and deliver any Joint Written Direction, to amend, modify, or waive any provision of this Agreement, and to take any and all other actions as the Investor's representative under this Agreement, all without further consent or direction form, or notice to, the Investor or any other party. v. No party other than the parties hereto have, or shall have, any lien, claim or security interest in the Escrow Funds or any part thereof. No financing statement under the Uniform Commercial Code is on file in any jurisdiction claiming a security interest in or describing (whether specifically or generally) the Escrow Funds or any part thereof. vi. All of the representations and warranties of the Investor contained herein are true and complete as of the date hereof and will be true and complete at the time of any disbursement from the Escrow Funds. b. The Company makes the following representations and warranties to Escrow Agent, the Investor and Investor's Counsel: i. The Company is a corporation duly organized, validly existing, and in good standing under the laws of the State of Delaware, and has full power and authority to execute and deliver this Agreement and to perform its obligations hereunder.

ii. This Agreement has been duly approved by all necessary corporate action of the Company, including any necessary shareholder approval, has been executed by duly authorized officers of the Company, enforceable in accordance with its terms. iii. The execution, delivery, and performance by the Company of this Escrow Agreement is in accordance with the Equity Line of Credit Agreement and will not violate, conflict with, or cause a default under the certificate of incorporation or bylaws of the Company, any applicable law or regulation, any court order or administrative ruling or decree to which the Company is a party or any of its property is subject, or any agreement, contract, indenture, or other binding arrangement. iv. Ryan Modesto has been duly appointed to act as the representative of the Company hereunder and has full power and authority to execute, deliver, and perform this Agreement, to execute and deliver any Joint Written Direction, to amend, modify or waive any provision of this Agreement and to take all other actions as the Company's Representative under this Agreement, all without further consent or direction from, or notice to, the Company or any other party. v. No party other than the parties hereto shall have, any lien, claim or security interest in the Escrow Funds or any part thereof. No financing statement under the Uniform Commercial Code is on file in any jurisdiction claiming a security interest in or describing (whether specifically or generally) the Escrow Funds or any part thereof. vi. All of the representations and warranties of the Company contained herein are true and complete as of the date hereof and will be true and complete at the time of any disbursement from the Escrow Funds. 16. Consent to Jurisdiction and Venue. In the event that any party hereto commences a lawsuit or other proceeding relating to or arising from this Agreement, the parties hereto agree that the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey shall have the sole and exclusive jurisdiction over any such proceeding. If all such courts lack federal subject matter jurisdiction, the parties agree that the Superior Court Division of New Jersey, Chancery Division of Essex County shall have sole and exclusive jurisdiction. Any of these courts shall be proper venue for any such lawsuit or judicial proceeding and the parties hereto waive any objection to such venue. The parties hereto consent to and agree to submit to the jurisdiction of any of the courts specified herein and agree to accept the service of process to vest personal jurisdiction over them in any of these courts.

17. Notice. All notices and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been validly served, given or delivered five (5) days after deposit in the United States mails, by certified mail with return receipt requested and postage prepaid, when delivered personally, one (1) day delivered to any overnight courier, or when transmitted by facsimile transmission and addressed to the party to be notified as follows:
If to Investor, to: Cornell Capital Partners, LP 101 Hudson Street - Suite 3606 Jersey City, New Jersey 07302 Attention: Mark Angelo Facsimile: (201) 985-8266 Butler Gonzalez LLP 1000 Stuyvesant Avenue - Suite 6 Union, New Jersey 07083 Attention: David Gonzalez, Esq. Facsimile: (908) 810-0973 Azco Mining Inc. 7239 N. El Mirage Road Glendale, AZ 85307 Attention: Ryan Modesto, Vice President-Finance Facsimile: (623) 935 0781 Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP 201 South Biscayne Boulevard Suite 2000 Miami, Florida 33131-2399 Attention: Clayton Parker, Esq. Facsimile: (305) 358-7095 First Union National Bank, 407 Main Street Metuchen, New Jersey 08840 Attention: Robert Mercado Carmela Agugliaro Facsimile: (732) 548-5973

With copy to:

If to Company, to:

With copy to:

If to the Escrow Agent, to:

Or to such other address as each party may designate for itself by like notice. 18. Amendments or Waiver. This Agreement may be changed, waived, discharged or terminated only by a writing signed by the parties of the Escrow Agent. No delay or omission by any party in exercising any right with respect hereto shall operate as waiver. A waiver on any one occasion shall not be construed as a bar to, or waiver of, any right or remedy on any future occasion. 19. Severability. To the extent any provision of this Agreement is prohibited by or invalid under applicable law, such provision shall be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition, or invalidity, without invalidating the remainder of such provision or the remaining provisions of this Agreement. 20. Governing Law. This Agreement shall be construed and interpreted in accordance with the internal laws of the State of New Jersey without giving effect to the conflict of laws principles thereof. 21. Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire Agreement between the parties relating to the holding, investment, and disbursement of the Escrow Funds and sets forth in their entirety the obligations and duties of the Escrow Agent with respect to the Escrow Funds. 22. Binding Effect. All of the terms of this Agreement, as amended from time to time, shall be binding upon, inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the respective heirs, successors and assigns of the Investor, the Company, or the Escrow Agent. 23. Execution of Counterparts. This Agreement and any Joint Written Direction may be executed in counter parts, which when so executed shall constitute one and same agreement or direction.

24. Termination. Upon the first to occur of the disbursement of all amounts in the Escrow Funds pursuant to Joint Written Directions or the disbursement of all amounts in the Escrow Funds into court pursuant to Section 7 hereof, this Agreement shall terminate and Escrow Agent shall have no further obligation or liability whatsoever with respect to this Agreement or the Escrow Funds.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the parties have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year above set forth. AZCO MINING INC.
By: Name: Title:

Ryan Modesto Vice President-Finance

FIRST UNION NATIONAL BANK
By: Name: Title:

Robert Mercado As the Escrow Agent

CORNELL CAPITAL PARTNERS, LP
By: Its: By: Name: Title: Yorkville Advisors, LLC General Partner

Mark A. Angelo Portfolio Manager

BUTLER GONZALEZ LLP
By: Name: Title:

David Gonzalez, Esq. Partner

AZCO MINING INC. PLACEMENT AGENT AGREEMENT Dated as of: June __, 2002 Westrock Advisors, Inc. 230 Park Avenue, Floor 9 New York, New York 10169 Ladies and Gentlemen: The undersigned, Azco Mining Inc., a Delaware corporation (the "Company"), hereby agrees with Westrock Advisors, a New York Corporation, (the "Placement Agent") and Cornell Capital Partners, LP, A Delaware Limited Partnership (the "Investor") hereby agree as follows: 1. Offering. The Company hereby engages the Placement Agent to act as its exclusive placement agent in connection with the Equity Line of Credit Agreement dated the date hereof, (the "Equity Line of Credit Agreement") pursuant to which the Company shall issue and sell to the Investor, from time to time, and the Investor shall purchase from the Company (the "Offering") up to Five Million Dollars ($5,000,000) of the Company's common stock (the "Commitment Amount"), par value $0.002 per share (the "Common Stock"), at price per share equal to the Purchase Price, as that term is defined in the Equity Line of Credit Agreement. Pursuant to the terms hereof, the Placement Agent shall render consulting services to the Company with respect to the Equity Line of Credit Agreement and shall be available for consultation in connection with the advances to be requested by the Company pursuant to the Equity Line of Credit Agreement All capitalized terms used herein and not otherwise defined herein shall have the same meaning ascribed to them as in the Equity Line of Credit Agreement. The Investor will be granted certain registration rights with respect to the Common Stock as more fully set forth in the Registration Rights Agreement between the Company and the Investor dated the date hereof (the "Registration Rights Agreement"). The documents to be executed and delivered in connection with the Offering, including, but not limited, to this Agreement, the Equity Line of Credit Agreement, the Registration Rights Agreement, and the Escrow Agreement with First Union National Bank (the "Escrow Agreement"), are referred to sometimes hereinafter collectively as the "Offering Materials." The Company's Common Stock is sometimes referred to hereinafter as the "Securities." The Placement Agent shall not be obligated to sell any Securities and this Offering by the Placement Agent shall be solely on a "best efforts basis." 2. Compensation.

A. Upon the execution of this Agreement the Company shall issue to the Placement Agent or its designee an amount equal to __________ shares of the Company's Common Stock (collectively, the "Placement Agent's Shares "). The Placement Agent shall be entitled to "piggy-back" registration rights triggered upon registration of any shares of Common Stock by the Investor with respect to the Placement Agent's Shares pursuant to the Registration Rights Agreement dated the date hereof. 3. Representations, Warranties and Covenants of the Placement Agent. A. The Placement Agent represents, warrants and covenants as follows: (i) The Placement Agent has the necessary power to enter into this Agreement and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby . (ii) The execution and delivery by the Placement Agent of this Agreement and the consummation of the transactions contemplated herein will not result in any violation of, or be in conflict with, or constitute a default under, any agreement or instrument to which the Placement Agent is a party or by which the Placement Agent or its properties are bound, or any judgment, decree, order or, to the Placement Agent's knowledge, any statute, rule or regulation applicable to the Placement Agent. This Agreement when executed and delivered by the Placement Agent, will constitute the legal, valid and binding obligations of the Placement Agent, enforceable in accordance with their respective terms, except to the extent that (a) the enforceability hereof or thereof may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or similar laws from time to time in effect and affecting the rights of creditors generally, (b) the enforceability hereof or thereof is subject to general principles of equity, or (c) the indemnification provisions hereof or thereof may be held to be in violation of public policy.

(iii) Upon receipt and execution of this Agreement the Placement Agent will promptly forward copies of this Agreement to the Company or its counsel and the Investor or its counsel. (iv) The Placement Agent will not intentionally take any action that it reasonably believes would cause the Offering to violate the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "1933 Act"), the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "1934 Act"), the respective rules and regulations promulgated there under (the "Rules and Regulations") or applicable "Blue Sky" laws of any state or jurisdiction. (v) The Placement Agent will use all reasonable efforts to determine (a) whether the Investor is an Accredited Investor and (b) that any information furnished by the Investor is true and accurate. The Placement Agent shall have no obligation to insure that (x) any check, note, draft or other means of payment for the Common Stock will be honored, paid or enforceable against the Investor in accordance with its terms, or (y) subject to the performance of the Placement Agent's obligations and the accuracy of the Placement Agent's representations and warranties hereunder, (1) the Offering is exempt from the registration requirements of the 1933 Act or any applicable state "Blue Sky" law or (2) the Investor is an Accredited Investor. (vi) The Placement Agent is a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., and is a broker-dealer registered as such under the 1934 Act and under the securities laws of the states in which the Securities will be offered or sold by the Placement Agent unless an exemption for such state registration is available to the Placement Agent. The Placement Agent is in compliance with all material rules and regulations applicable to the Placement Agent generally and applicable to the Placement Agent's participation in the Offering. 4. Representations and Warranties of the Company. A. The Company represents and warrants as follows:

(i) The execution, delivery and performance of each of this Agreement, the Equity Line of Credit Agreement, the Escrow Agreement, and the Registration Rights Agreement has been or will be duly and validly authorized by the Company and is, or with respect to this Agreement, the Equity Line of Credit Agreement, the Escrow Agreement, and the Registration Rights Agreement will be, a valid and binding agreement of the Company, enforceable in accordance with its respective terms, except to the extent that (a) the enforceability hereof or thereof may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or similar laws from time to time in effect and affecting the rights of creditors generally, (b) the enforceability hereof or thereof is subject to general principles of equity or (c) the indemnification provisions hereof or thereof may be held to be in violation of public policy. The Securities to be issued pursuant to the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the Equity Line of Credit Agreement have been duly authorized and, when issued and paid for in accordance with (x) this Agreement, the Equity Line of Agreement and the certificates/instruments representing such Securities, (y) will be valid and binding obligations of the Company, enforceable in accordance with their respective terms, except to the extent that (1) the enforceability thereof may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or similar laws from time to time in effect and affecting the rights of creditors generally, and (2) the enforceability thereof is subject to general principles of equity. All corporate action required to be taken for the authorization, issuance and sale of the Securities has been duly and validly taken by the Company. (ii) The Company has a duly authorized, issued and outstanding capitalization as set forth herein and in the Equity Line of Credit Agreement. The Company is not a party to or bound by any instrument, agreement or other arrangement providing for it to issue any capital stock, rights, warrants, options or other securities, except for this Agreement, the agreements described herein and as described in the Equity Line of Credit Agreement, dated the date hereof and the agreements described therein. All issued and outstanding securities of the Company, have been duly authorized and validly issued and are fully paid and non-assessable; the holders thereof have no rights of rescission or preemptive rights with respect thereto and are not subject to personal liability solely by reason of being security holders; and none of such securities were issued in violation of the preemptive rights of any holders of any security of the Company. As of the date hereof, the authorized capital stock of the Company consists of 100,000,000 shares of Common Stock, par value $0.002 per share of which 30,050,621 shares of Common Stock were issued and outstanding. (iii) The Common Stock to be issued in accordance with this Agreement and the Equity Line of Credit Agreement has been duly authorized and when issued and paid for in accordance with this Agreement, the Equity Line of Credit Agreement and the certificates/instruments representing such Common Stock, will be validly issued, fully-paid and non-assessable; the holders thereof will not be subject to personal liability solely by reason of being such holders; such Securities are not and will not be subject to the preemptive rights of any holder of any security of the Company. (iv) The Company has good and marketable title to, or valid and enforceable leasehold estates in, all items of real and personal property necessary to conduct its business (including, without limitation, any real or personal property stated in the Offering Materials to be owned or leased by the Company), free and clear of all liens, encumbrances, claims, security interests and defects of any material nature whatsoever, other than those set forth in the Offering Materials and liens for taxes not yet due and payable. (v) There is no litigation or governmental proceeding pending or, to the best of the Company's knowledge, threatened against, or involving the properties or business of the Company, except as set forth in the Offering Materials.

(vi) The Company has been duly organized and is validly existing as a corporation in good standing under the laws of the State of Delaware. Except as set forth in the Offering Materials, the Company does not own or control, directly or indirectly, an interest in any other corporation, partnership, trust, joint venture or other business entity. The Company is duly qualified or licensed and in good standing as a foreign corporation in each jurisdiction in which the character of its operations requires such qualification or licensing and where failure to so qualify would have a material adverse effect on the Company. The Company has all requisite corporate power and authority, and all material and necessary authorizations, approvals, orders, licenses, certificates and permits of and from all governmental regulatory officials and bodies (domestic and foreign) to conduct its businesses (and proposed business) as described in the Offering Materials. Any disclosures in the Offering Materials concerning the effects of foreign, federal, state and local regulation on the Company's businesses as currently conducted and as contemplated are correct in all material respects and do not omit to state a material fact. The Company has all corporate power and authority to enter into this Agreement, the Equity Line of Credit Agreement, the Registration Rights Agreement, and the Escrow Agreement, to carry out the provisions and conditions hereof and thereof, and all consents, authorizations, approvals and orders required in connection herewith and therewith have been obtained. No consent, authorization or order of, and no filing with, any court, government agency or other body is required by the Company for the issuance of the Securities or execution and delivery of the Offering Materials except for applicable federal and state securities laws. The Company, since its inception, has not incurred any liability arising under or as a result of the application of any of the provisions of the 1933 Act, the 1934 Act or the Rules and Regulations. (vii) There has been no material adverse change in the condition or prospects of the Company, financial or otherwise, from the latest dates as of which such condition or prospects, respectively, are set forth in the Offering Materials, and the outstanding debt, the property and the business of the Company conform in all material respects to the descriptions thereof contained in the Offering Materials.

(viii) Except as set forth in the Offering Materials, the Company is not in breach of, or in default under, any term or provision of any material indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, lease, note, loan or Equity Line of Credit Agreement or any other material agreement or instrument evidencing an obligation for borrowed money, or any other material agreement or instrument to which it is a party or by which it or any of its properties may be bound or affected. The Company is not in violation of any provision of its charter or by-laws or in violation of any franchise, license, permit, judgment, decree or order, or in violation of any material statute, rule or regulation. Neither the execution and delivery of the Offering Materials nor the issuance and sale or delivery of the Securities, nor the consummation of any of the transactions contemplated in the Offering Materials nor the compliance by the Company with the terms and provisions hereof or thereof, has conflicted with or will conflict with, or has resulted in or will result in a breach of, any of the terms and provisions of, or has constituted or will constitute a default under, or has resulted in or will result in the creation or imposition of any lien, charge or encumbrance upon any property or assets of the Company or pursuant to the terms of any indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, note, loan or any other agreement or instrument evidencing an obligation for borrowed money, or any other agreement or instrument to which the Company may be bound or to which any of the property or assets of the Company is subject except (a) where such default, lien, charge or encumbrance would not have a material adverse effect on the Company and (b) as described in the Offering Materials; nor will such action result in any violation of the provisions of the charter or the by-laws of the Company or, assuming the due performance by the Placement Agent of its obligations hereunder, any material statute or any material order, rule or regulation applicable to the Company of any court or of any foreign, federal, state or other regulatory authority or other government body having jurisdiction over the Company. (ix) Subsequent to the dates as of which information is given in the Offering Materials, and except as may otherwise be indicated or contemplated herein or therein and the securities offered pursuant to the Securities Purchase Agreement dated the date hereof, the Company has not (a) issued any securities or incurred any liability or obligation, direct or contingent, for borrowed money, or (b) entered into any transaction other than in the ordinary course of business, or (c) declared or paid any dividend or made any other distribution on or in respect of its capital stock. Except as described in the Offering Materials, the Company has no outstanding obligations to any officer or director of the Company. (x) There are no claims for services in the nature of a finder's or origination fee with respect to the sale of the Common Stock or any other arrangements, agreements or understandings that may affect the Placement Agent's compensation, as determined by the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (xi) The Company owns or possesses, free and clear of all liens or encumbrances and rights thereto or therein by third parties, the requisite licenses or other rights to use all trademarks, service marks, copyrights, service names, trade names, patents, patent applications and licenses necessary to conduct its business (including, without limitation, any such licenses or rights described in the Offering Materials as being owned or possessed by the Company) and, except as set forth in the Offering Materials, there is no claim or action by any person pertaining to, or proceeding, pending or threatened, which challenges the exclusive rights of the Company with respect to any trademarks, service marks, copyrights, service names, trade names, patents, patent applications and licenses used in the conduct of the Company's businesses (including, without limitation, any such licenses or rights described in the Offering Materials as being owned or possessed by the Company) except any claim or action that would not have a material adverse effect on the Company; the Company's current products, services or processes do not infringe or will not infringe on the patents currently held by any third party.

(xii) Except as described in the Offering Materials, the Company is not under any obligation to pay royalties or fees of any kind whatsoever to any third party with respect to any trademarks, service marks, copyrights, service names, trade names, patents, patent applications, licenses or technology it has developed, uses, employs or intends to use or employ, other than to their respective licensors. (xiii) Subject to the performance by the Placement Agent of its obligations hereunder and the offer and sale of the Securities comply, and will continue to comply in all material respects with the requirements of Rule 506 of Regulation D promulgated by the SEC pursuant to the 1933 Act and any other applicable federal and state laws, rules, regulations and executive orders. Neither the Offering Materials nor any amendment or supplement thereto nor any documents prepared by the Company in connection with the Offering will contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. All statements of material facts in the Offering Materials are true and correct as of the date of the Offering Materials. (xiv) All material taxes which are due and payable from the Company have been paid in full or adequate provision has been made for such taxes on the books of the Company except for those taxes disputed in good faith the Company does not have any tax deficiency or claim outstanding assessed or proposed against it. (xv) None of the Company nor any of its officers, directors, employees or agents, nor any other person acting on behalf of the Company, has, directly or indirectly, given or agreed to give any money, gift or similar benefit (other than legal price concessions to customers in the ordinary course of business) to any customer, supplier, employee or agent of a customer or supplier, or official or employee of any governmental agency or instrumentality of any government (domestic or foreign) or any political party or candidate for office (domestic or foreign) or other person who is or may be in a position to help or hinder the business of the Company (or assist it in connection with any actual or proposed transaction) which (A) might subject the Company to any damage or penalty in any civil, criminal or governmental litigation or proceeding, or (B) if not given in the past, might have had a materially adverse effect on the assets, business or operations of the Company as reflected in any of the financial statements contained in the Offering Materials, or (C) if not continued in the future, might adversely affect the assets, business, operations or prospects of the Company in the future. 5. Representations, Warranties and Covenants of the Investor. A. The Investor represents, warrants and covenants as follows: (i) The Investor has the necessary power to enter into this Agreement and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby . (ii) The execution and delivery by the Investor of this Agreement and the consummation of the transactions contemplated herein will not result in any violation of, or be in conflict with, or constitute a default under, any agreement or instrument to which the Investor is a party or by which the Investor or its properties are bound, or any judgment, decree, order or, to the Investor's knowledge, any statute, rule or regulation applicable to the Investor. This Agreement when executed and delivered by the Investor, will constitute the legal, valid and binding obligations of the Investor, enforceable in accordance with their respective terms, except to the extent that (a) the enforceability hereof or thereof may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or similar laws from time to time in effect and affecting the rights of creditors generally, (b) the enforceability hereof or thereof is subject to general principles of equity, or (c) the indemnification provisions hereof or thereof may be held to be in violation of public policy.

(iii) The Investor will promptly forward copies of any and all due diligence questionnaires compiled by the Investor to the Placement Agent. 6. Certain Covenants and Agreements of the Company. The Company covenants and agrees at its expense and without any expense to the Placement Agent as follows:

A. To advise the Placement Agent of any material adverse change in the Company's financial condition, prospects or business or of any development materially affecting the Company or rendering untrue or misleading any material statement in the Offering Materials occurring at any time as soon as the Company is either informed or becomes aware thereof. B. To use its commercially reasonable efforts to cause the Common Stock issuable in connection with the Equity Line of Credit to be qualified or registered for sale on terms consistent with those stated in the Registration Rights Agreement and under the securities laws of such jurisdictions as the Placement Agent and the Investor shall reasonably request. Qualification, registration and exemption charges and fees shall be at the sole cost and expense of the Company. C. Upon written request, to provide and continue to provide the Placement Agent and the Investor copies of all quarterly financial statements and audited annual financial statements prepared by or on behalf of the Company, other reports prepared by or on behalf of the Company for public disclosure and all documents delivered to the Company's stockholders. D. To deliver, during the registration period of the Equity Line Credit Agreement, to the Placement Agent upon the Placement Agent's request, within forty five (45) days, a statement of its income for each such quarterly period, and its balance sheet and a statement of changes in stockholders' equity as of the end of such quarterly period, all in reasonable detail, certified by its principal financial or accounting officer; (ii) within ninety (90) days after the close of each fiscal year, its balance sheet as of the close of such fiscal year, together with a statement of income, a statement of changes in stockholders' equity and a statement of cash flow for such fiscal year, such balance sheet, statement of income, statement of changes in stockholders' equity and statement of cash flow to be in reasonable detail and accompanied by a copy of the certificate or report thereon of independent auditors if audited financial statements are prepared; and (iii) a copy of all documents, reports and information furnished to its stockholders at the time that such documents, reports and information are furnished to its stockholders. E. To comply with the terms of the Offering Materials.

F. To ensure that any transactions between or among the Company, or any of its officers, directors and affiliates be on terms and conditions that are no less favorable to the Company, than the terms and conditions that would be available in an "arm's length" transaction with an independent third party. 7. Indemnification. A. The Company hereby agrees that it will indemnify and hold the Placement Agent and each officer, director, shareholder, employee or representative of the Placement Agent and each person controlling, controlled by or under common control with the Placement Agent within the meaning of Section 15 of the 1933 Act or Section 20 of the 1934 Act or the SEC's Rules and Regulations promulgated there under (the "Rules and Regulations"), harmless from and against any and all loss, claim, damage, liability, cost or expense whatsoever (including, but not limited to, any and all reasonable legal fees and other expenses and disbursements incurred in connection with investigating, preparing to defend or defending any action, suit or proceeding, including any inquiry or investigation, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever or in appearing or preparing for appearance as a witness in any action, suit or proceeding, including any inquiry, investigation or pretrial proceeding such as a deposition) to which the Placement Agent or such indemnified person of the Placement Agent may become subject under the 1933 Act, the 1934 Act, the Rules and Regulations, or any other federal or state law or regulation, common law or otherwise, arising out of or based upon (i) any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in (a) Section 4 of this Agreement, (b) the Offering Materials (except those written statements relating to the Placement Agent given by an indemnified person for inclusion therein), (c) any application or other document or written communication executed by the Company or based upon written information furnished by the Company filed in any jurisdiction in order to qualify the Common Stock under the securities laws thereof, or any state securities commission or agency; (ii) the omission or alleged omission from documents described in clauses (a), (b) or (c) above of a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading; or (iii) the breach of any representation, warranty, covenant or agreement made by the Company in this Agreement. The Company further agrees that upon demand by an indemnified person, at any time or from time to time, it will promptly reimburse such indemnified person for any loss, claim, damage, liability, cost or expense actually and reasonably paid by the indemnified person as to which the Company has indemnified such person pursuant hereto. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Paragraph 6(A), any such payment or reimbursement by the Company of fees, expenses or disbursements incurred by an indemnified person in any proceeding in which a final judgment by a court of competent jurisdiction (after all appeals or the expiration of time to appeal) is entered against the Placement Agent or such indemnified person based upon specific finding of fact that the Placement Agent or such indemnified person's gross negligence or willful misfeasance will be promptly repaid to the Company.

B. The Placement Agent hereby agrees that it will indemnify and hold the Company and each officer, director, shareholder, employee or representative of the Company, and each person controlling, controlled by or under common control with the Company within the meaning of Section 15 of the 1933 Act or Section 20 of the 1934 Act or the Rules and Regulations, harmless from and against any and all loss, claim, damage, liability, cost or expense whatsoever (including, but not limited to, any and all reasonable legal fees and other expenses and disbursements incurred in connection with investigating, preparing to defend or defending any action, suit or proceeding, including any inquiry or investigation, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever or in appearing or preparing for appearance as a witness in any action, suit or proceeding, including any inquiry, investigation or pretrial proceeding such as a deposition) to which the Company or such indemnified person of the Company may become subject under the 1933 Act, the 1934 Act, the Rules and Regulations, or any other federal or state law or regulation, common law or otherwise, arising out of or based upon (i) the conduct of the Placement Agent or its officers, employees or representatives in its acting as Placement Agent for the Offering or (ii) the material breach of any representation, warranty, covenant or agreement made by the Placement Agent in this Agreement (iii) any false or misleading information provided to the Company by one of the Placement Agent's indemnified persons.

C. The Investor hereby agrees that it will indemnify and hold the Placement Agent and each officer, director, shareholder, employee or representative of the Placement Agent, and each person controlling, controlled by or under common control with the Placement Agent within the meaning of Section 15 of the 1933 Act or Section 20 of the 1934 Act or the Rules and Regulations, harmless from and against any and all loss, claim, damage, liability, cost or expense whatsoever (including, but not limited to, any and all reasonable legal fees and other expenses and disbursements incurred in connection with investigating, preparing to defend or defending any action, suit or proceeding, including any inquiry or investigation, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever or in appearing or preparing for appearance as a witness in any action, suit or proceeding, including any inquiry, investigation or pretrial proceeding such as a deposition) to which the Placement Agent or such indemnified person of the Placement Agent may become subject under the 1933 Act, the 1934 Act, the Rules and Regulations, or any other federal or state law or regulation, common law or otherwise, arising out of or based upon (i) the conduct of the Investor or its officers, employees or representatives in its acting as the Investor for the Offering or (ii) the material breach of any representation, warranty, covenant or agreement made by the Investor in the Offering Materials (iii) any false or misleading information provided to the Placement Agent by one of the Investor's indemnified persons. D. The Placement Agent hereby agrees that it will indemnify and hold the Investor and each officer, director, shareholder, employee or representative of the Investor, and each person controlling, controlled by or under common control with the Investor within the meaning of Section 15 of the 1933 Act or Section 20 of the 1934 Act or the Rules and Regulations, harmless from and against any and all loss, claim, damage, liability, cost or expense whatsoever (including, but not limited to, any and all reasonable legal fees and other expenses and disbursements incurred in connection with investigating, preparing to defend or defending any action, suit or proceeding, including any inquiry or investigation, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever or in appearing or preparing for appearance as a witness in any action, suit or proceeding, including any inquiry, investigation or pretrial proceeding such as a deposition) to which the Investor or such indemnified person of the Investor may become subject under the 1933 Act, the 1934 Act, the Rules and Regulations, or any other federal or state law or regulation, common law or otherwise, arising out of or based upon (i) the conduct of the Placement Agent or its officers, employees or representatives in its acting as the Placement Agent for the Offering or (ii) the material breach of any representation, warranty, covenant or agreement made by the Placement Agent in this Agreement (iii) any false or misleading information provided to the Investor by one of the Placement Agent's indemnified persons. E. Promptly after receipt by an indemnified party of notice of commencement of any action covered by Section 6 (A), (B), (C) or (D), the party to be indemnified shall, within five (5) business days, notify the indemnifying party of the commencement thereof; the omission by one (1) indemnified party to so notify the indemnifying party shall not relieve the indemnifying party of its obligation to indemnify any other indemnified party that has given such notice and shall not relieve the indemnifying party of any liability outside of this indemnification if not materially prejudiced thereby. In the event that any action is brought against the indemnified party, the indemnifying party will be entitled to participate therein and, to the extent it may desire, to assume and control the defense thereof with counsel chosen by it which is reasonably acceptable to the indemnified party. After notice from the indemnifying party to such indemnified party of its election to so assume the defense thereof, the indemnifying party will not be liable to such indemnified party under such Section 6(A), (B), (C), or (D) for any legal or other expenses subsequently incurred by such indemnified party in connection with the defense thereof, but the indemnified party may, at its own expense, participate in such defense by counsel chosen by it, without, however, impairing the indemnifying party's control of the defense. Subject to the proviso of this sentence and notwithstanding any other statement to the contrary contained herein, the indemnified party or parties shall have the right to choose its or their own counsel and control the defense of any action, all at the expense of the indemnifying party if, (i) the employment of such counsel shall have been authorized in writing by the indemnifying party in connection with the defense of such action at the expense of the indemnifying party, or (ii) the indemnifying party shall not have employed counsel reasonably satisfactory to such indemnified party to have charge of the defense of such action within a reasonable time after notice of commencement of the action, or (iii) such indemnified party or parties shall have reasonably concluded that there may be defenses available to it or them which are different from or additional to those available to one or all of the indemnifying parties (in which case the indemnifying parties shall not have the right to direct the defense of such action on behalf of the indemnified party or parties), in any of which events such fees and expenses of one additional counsel shall be borne by the indemnifying party; provided, however, that the indemnifying party shall not, in connection with any one action or separate but substantially similar or related actions in the same jurisdiction arising out of the same general allegations or circumstance, be liable for the reasonable fees and

expenses of more than one separate firm of attorneys at any time for all such indemnified parties. No settlement of any action or proceeding against an indemnified party shall be made without the consent of the indemnifying party.

F. In order to provide for just and equitable contribution in circumstances in which the indemnification provided for in Section 6(A) or 6(B) is due in accordance with its terms but is for any reason held by a court to be unavailable on grounds of policy or otherwise, the Company and the Placement Agent shall contribute to the aggregate losses, claims, damages and liabilities (including legal or other expenses reasonably incurred in connection with the investigation or defense of same) which the other may incur in such proportion so that the Placement Agent shall be responsible for such percent of the aggregate of such losses, claims, damages and liabilities as shall equal the percentage of the gross proceeds paid to the Placement Agent and the Company shall be responsible for the balance; provided, however, that no person guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation within the meaning of Section 11(f) of the 1933 Act shall be entitled to contribution from any person who was not guilty of such fraudulent misrepresentation. For purposes of this Section 6(F), any person controlling, controlled by or under common control with the Placement Agent, or any partner, director, officer, employee, representative or any agent of any thereof, shall have the same rights to contribution as the Placement Agent and each person controlling, controlled by or under common control with the Company within the meaning of Section 15 of the 1933 Act or Section 20 of the 1934 Act and each officer of the Company and each director of the Company shall have the same rights to contribution as the Company. Any party entitled to contribution will, promptly after receipt of notice of commencement of any action, suit or proceeding against such party in respect of which a claim for contribution may be made against the other party under this Section 6(D), notify such party from whom contribution may be sought, but the omission to so notify such party shall not relieve the party from whom contribution may be sought from any obligation they may have hereunder or otherwise if the party from whom contribution may be sought is not materially prejudiced thereby. The indemnity and contribution agreements contained in this Section 6 shall remain operative and in full force and effect regardless of any investigation made by or on behalf of any indemnified person or any termination of this Agreement. 8. Payment of Expenses. The Company hereby agrees to bear all of the expenses in connection with the Offering, including, but not limited to the following: filing fees, printing and duplicating costs, advertisements, postage and mailing expenses with respect to the transmission of Offering Materials, registrar and transfer agent fees, escrow agent fees and expenses, fees of the Company's counsel and accountants, issue and transfer taxes, if any. 9. Conditions of Closing

The Closing shall be held at the offices of the Investor or its counsel. The obligations of the Placement Agent hereunder shall be subject to the continuing accuracy of the representations and warranties of the Company herein as of the date hereof and as of the Date of Closing (the "Closing Date") with respect to the Company as if it had been made on and as of such Closing Date; the accuracy on and as of the Closing Date of the statements of the officers of the Company made pursuant to the provisions hereof; and the performance by the Company on and as of the Closing Date of its covenants and obligations hereunder and to the following further conditions: A. Upon the effectiveness of a registration statement covering the Equity Line of Credit Agreement, the Placement Agent shall receive the opinion of Counsel to the Company, dated as of the date thereof, which opinion shall be in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Investor, their counsel and the Placement Agent. B. At or prior to the Closing, the Placement Agent shall have been furnished such documents, certificates and opinions as it may reasonably require for the purpose of enabling them to review or pass upon the matters referred to in this Agreement and the Offering Materials, or in order to evidence the accuracy, completeness or satisfaction of any of the representations, warranties or conditions herein contained. C. At and prior to the Closing, (i) there shall have been no material adverse change nor development involving a prospective change in the condition or prospects or the business activities, financial or otherwise, of the Company from the latest dates as of which such condition is set forth in the Offering Materials; (ii) there shall have been no transaction, not in the ordinary course of business except the transactions pursuant to the Securities Purchase Agreement dated the date hereof entered into by the Company which has not been disclosed in the Offering Materials or to the Placement Agent in writing; (iii) except as set forth in the Offering Materials, the Company shall not be in default under any provision of any instrument relating to any outstanding indebtedness for which a waiver or extension has not been otherwise received; (iv) except as set forth in the Offering Materials, the Company shall not have issued any securities (other than those to be issued as provided in the Offering Materials) or declared or paid any dividend or made any distribution of its capital stock of any class and there shall not have been any change in the indebtedness (long or short term) or liabilities or obligations of the Company (contingent or otherwise) and trade payable debt; (v) no material amount of the assets of the Company shall have been pledged or mortgaged, except as indicated in the Offering Materials; and (v) no action, suit or proceeding, at law or in equity, against the Company or affecting any of its properties or businesses shall be pending or threatened before or by any court or federal or state commission, board or other administrative agency, domestic or foreign, wherein an unfavorable decision, ruling or finding could materially adversely affect the businesses, prospects or financial condition or income of the Company, except as set forth in the Offering Materials. D. At Closing, the Placement Agent shall receive a certificate of the Company signed by an executive officer and chief financial officer, dated as of the applicable Closing, to the effect that the conditions set forth in subparagraph (C) above have been satisfied and that, as of the applicable closing, the representations and warranties of the Company set forth herein are true and correct.

10. Termination. This Agreement shall be co-terminus with, and terminate upon the same terms and conditions as those set forth in, the Equity Line of Credit Agreement. The rights of the Investor and the obligations of the Company under the Registration Rights Agreement, and the rights of the Placement Agent and the obligations of the Company shall survive the termination of this Agreement unabridged. 11. Miscellaneous. A. This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, but all which shall be deemed to be one and the same instrument. B. Any notice required or permitted to be given hereunder shall be given in writing and shall be deemed effective when deposited in the United States mail, postage prepaid, or when received if personally delivered or faxed (upon confirmation of receipt received by the sending party), addressed as follows:
If to Placement Agent, to: Westrock Advisors, Inc. 230 Park Avenue, Floor 9 New York, New York 10169

With Copy to:

If to the Company, to:

Azco Mining Inc. 7239 N. EL Mirage Road Glendale, AZ 85307 Attention: Ryan Modesto, Vice President-Finance Telephone: (623) 935-0774 Facsimile: (623) 935 0781 Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, LLP Miami Center - 20th Floor 201 South Biscayne Boulevard Miami, FL 33131-2399 Attention: Clayton E. Parker, Esq. Telephone: (305) 539-3306 Facsimile: (305) 358-7095 Cornell Capital Partners, LP 101 Hudson Street - Suite 3606 Jersey City, NJ 07302 Attention: Mark A. Angelo Portfolio Manager Telephone: (201) 985-8300 Facsimile: (201) 985-8266

With a copy to:

If to the Investor:

Butler Gonzalez LLP 1000 Stuyvesant Aveneue _ Suite No.: 6 Union, NJ 07083 Attention: David Gonzalez, Esq. Telephone: (908) 810-8588 Facsimile: (908) 810-0973 or to such other address of which written notice is given to the others.

With Copies to:

C. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in all respects under the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of laws rules or principles. Any suit, action, proceeding or litigation arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall be brought and prosecuted in such federal or state court or courts located within the State of New York as provided by law. The parties hereby irrevocably and unconditionally consent to the jurisdiction of each such court or courts located within the State of New York and to service of process by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, or by any other manner provided by applicable law, and hereby irrevocably and unconditionally waive any right to claim that any suit, action, proceeding or litigation so commenced has been commenced in an inconvenient forum. D. This Agreement and the other agreements referenced herein contain the entire understanding between the parties hereto and may not be modified or amended except by a writing duly signed by the party against whom enforcement of the modification or amendment is sought. E. If any provision of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid or unenforceable, such invalidity or unenforceability shall not affect any other provision of this Agreement. [REMAINDER OF PAGE INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK]

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the date first written above. COMPANY: AZCO MINING INC. By: Name: Ryan Modesto Title: Vice President-Finance PLACEMENT AGENT: WESTROCK ADVISORS, INC. By: Name: Title: INVESTOR: CORNELL CAPITAL PARTNERS, LP By: Yorkville Advisors, LLC Its: General Partner By:_________________________________ Name: Mark A. Angelo Title: Portfolio Manager

SUBSCRIPTION AGREEMENT Ladies and Gentlemen: 1. Subscription. The undersigned desires to invest in Azco Mining Inc., a Delaware corporation (the "Company") and hereby subscribes for and agrees to purchase the following securities of the Company: 375,0000 shares of the common stock par value $0.002 per share, of the Company (the "Subscribed Shares") at a purchase price of $150,000 or $0.40 per share. The Subscribed Shares will be issuable only upon acceptance of this Subscription Agreement by the Company and receipt of the consideration set forth in this Subscription Agreement. As a condition of the offer, the undersigned agrees to deliver to the Company, this executed Subscription Agreement. 2. Representations and Warranties. By executing this Subscription Agreement, the undersigned represents, warrants and acknowledges to the Company that: a. Based on personal knowledge and experience in financial and business matters in general, the undersigned understands the nature of this investment, is fully aware of and familiar with the proposed business operations of the Company, is able to evaluate the merits and risks of an investment in the Subscribed Shares and is capable of protecting the undersigned's interests in such investment; b. The undersigned has been given the opportunity to ask questions about the Company and has been given written copies of: (i) the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2000; (ii) each of the Company's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended September 30, 2000, December 31, 2000 and March 31, 2001; (iii) the Form 8-K reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 12, 2000 and December 22, 2000; (iv) the Company's proxy statement dated as of April 12, 2001; and (v) an update on the Company's financial condition and prospects, prepared by the Company dated June 30, 2001. c. The undersigned, in determining to purchase the Subscribed Shares, has relied solely upon (i) the advice of his legal counsel and accountants or other financial advisers with respect to the tax, economic and other consequences involved in such purchase and (ii) the undersigned's own, independent evaluation of the business, operations and prospects of the Company and the merits and risks of the purchase of the Subscribed Shares; d. The undersigned has been advised and understands that this investment is, by its nature, very speculative; e. The undersigned has sufficient income and net worth such that the undersigned does not contemplate being required to dispose of any portion of the investment in the Subscribed Shares to satisfy any existing or expected undertaking or indebtedness. The undersigned is able to bear the economic risks of this investment, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the risk of losing all or any part of the investment and probable inability to sell or transfer the investment for an indefinite period of time; f. The Subscribed Shares when purchased will be acquired for the account of the undersigned and are not being acquired with a view to any distribution thereof, and the undersigned is not, directly or indirectly, participating in an underwriting of any such distribution or transfer; g. The undersigned acknowledges that the offering and sale of the Subscribed Shares are being made by the Company in reliance upon an exemption from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "1933 Act"). The undersigned understands that the Subscribed Shares have not been registered under the 1933 Act or any state securities laws, are "restricted securities" in the hands of the undersigned within the meaning of Rule 144 under the 1933 Act and any future sale of the Subscribed Shares is regulated by the Act and applicable state securities laws; h. The undersigned will not sell or otherwise transfer or dispose of any of the Subscribed Shares (i) except in strict compliance with the provisions of this Subscription Agreement and the restrictions on transfer described herein and (ii) unless such securities are either registered under the 1933 Act, and any applicable state securities laws, or the sale is exempt from such registration requirements and the undersigned delivers to the Company a legal opinion acceptable to the Company in scope and substance to such effect; i. The undersigned is an accredited investor, as defined in Rule 501(a) of Regulation D promulgated pursuant to the Securities Act, by virtue of the fact that (PLEASE INITIAL APPLICABLE CHOICES):

_____ (i) The undersigned had individual income (exclusive of any income attributable to spouse) of more than $200,000 in each of the most recent two years or joint income with the undersigned's spouse in excess of $300,000 in each of such years and reasonably expects to have income of at least the same level for the current year. __X___ (ii) The undersigned has an individual net worth, or a combined net worth with the undersigned's spouse, in excess of $1,000,000. For purposes of this Subscription Agreement, "individual net worth" means the excess of total assets at fair market value, including home and personal property, over total liabilities. _____ (iii) The undersigned is a director or executive officer of the Company. Accredited partnership, corporation, trust or other entity investors must initial at least one of the following statements. _____ (iv) The undersigned is a bank as defined in section 3(a)(2) of the Securities Act, or a savings and loan association or other institution as defined in section 3(a)(5)(A) of the Securities Act whether acting in its individual or fiduciary capacity; a broker or dealer registered pursuant to section 15 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; an insurance company as defined in section 2(a)(13) of the Securities Act; an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or a business development company as defined in section 2(a)(48) of that Securities Act; a Small Business Investment Company licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration under section 301(c) or (d) of the Small Business Investment Act of 1958; a plan established and maintained by a state, its political subdivisions, or any agency or instrumentality of a state or its political subdivisions, for the benefit of its employees if such plan has total assets in excess of $5,000,000; an employee benefit plan within the meaning of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, if the investment decision is made by a plan fiduciary, as defined in section 3(21) of such Act, which is either a bank, savings and loan association, insurance company, or registered investment adviser, or if the employee benefit plan has total assets in excess of $5,000,000 or, if a self-directed plan, with investment decisions made solely by persons that are accredited investors. _____ (v) The undersigned is a private business development company as defined in section 202(a)(22) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. _____ (vi) The undersigned is an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, corporation, Massachusetts or similar business trust, or partnership, not formed of the specific purpose of acquiring the securities offered, with total assets in excess of $5,000,000. _____ (vii) The undersigned is a trust, with total assets in excess of $5,000,000, not formed for the specific purpose of acquiring the securities offered, whose purchase is directed by a sophisticated person as described in Rule 506(b)(2)(ii) of Regulation D. _____ (viii) All of the equity owners of the undersigned qualify as accredited investors under one of the statements set forth above. _____ (ix) The undersigned does not meet the definition of an accredited investor set forth in Rule 501(a) of Regulation D but the undersigned has such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters that the undersigned is capable of evaluating the merits and risks of the investment in the securities offered. PERSONS INITIALING THIS ITEM MUST ALSO SUBMIT A COMPLETED INVESTOR SUITABILITY QUESTIONNAIRE FOR NON-ACCREDITED INVESTORS ATTACHED HERETO. j. The investment in the Company has been privately proposed to the undersigned without the use of general solicitation or advertising; k. No federal or state agency, including the Securities and Exchange Commission or the securities regulatory agency of any state, has approved or disapproved the common stock, passed upon or endorsed the merits of such investments, or made any finding or determination as to the fairness of the Subscribed Shares for private investment; l. The investment is being made in reliance on specific exemptions from the registration requirements of federal and state securities laws, and the Company is relying upon the truth and accuracy of the representations, warranties, agreements, acknowledgments and understandings set forth herein in order to establish such exemptions; and m. The undersigned beneficially owns approximately 400,000 shares of the Company's common stock, par value $.002 per share. 3. Legend on Certificates. The undersigned agrees to

the placement of an appropriate legend reflecting the restrictive nature of the Subscribed Shares on the certificates representing such shares. 4. Indemnification. The undersigned acknowledges and understands the meaning and legal consequences of the representations and warranties contained herein and agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Company, its directors, officers, agents, employees and attorneys from and against any and all claims, loss, damage liability, cost or expense including attorneys' fees and court costs due to or arising out of or connected directly or indirectly to any breach of any such representation or warranty made by the undersigned. 5. Successors and Assigns. This Subscription Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and to the successors and assigns of the Company and to the legal representatives, successors and permitted assignees of the undersigned. 6. Governing Law. This Subscription Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Arizona without regard to principles of conflicts of law. 7. Counterparts. This Subscription Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument. [Signatures on Next Page]

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has executed this Subscription Agreement.
DATED: August 13, 2001

By: /s/ Floyd R. Bleak Signature of Investor Floyd R. Bleak Print Name of Investor

Address:

SSN (or EIN): By: Signature of Co-Investor (if any) Print Name of Co-Investor (if any) Address: SSN (or EIN): Agreed to and accepted by Azco Mining Inc. as of the _____ day of ________________. By: Name: Title:

STOCK LOAN AGREEMENT BY THIS AGREEMENT made and entered into as of the 28th day of June, 2001, Azco Mining Inc., a Delaware corporation, whose address is 7239 North El Mirage Road, Glendale, Arizona (hereinafter called "Lender"), for and in consideration of the recitals and mutual promises contained herein, confirm and agree as follows: GENERAL LOAN TERMS I. Subject to the conditions herein set forth, Lender agrees to loan to or for the benefit of Borrower, and Borrower agrees borrow, in the manner and upon the terms and conditions set forth herein, 300,000 common share of Azco Mining Inc. stock (the Loan"). II. The Loan shall be unsecured. III. In consideration of the Loan, Borrower shall return to Lender to total of 390,000 common shares of Azco Mining Inc. stock (the Settlement"). IV. The Borrower at its expense will use its reasonable best efforts to register the Settlement, as soon as possible, with the Securities and Exchange Commission as free trading unlegended shares. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, these presents are executed as of the date indicated above. BORROWER AZCO MINING INC., a Delaware corporation By:________________________________ Its:_______________________________ LENDER Floyd R. Bleak

CHATTEL SECURITY AGREEMENT DEBTOR: AZCO MINING, INC., a Delaware corporation SECURED PARTY: PATTY J. RYAN DATE: August 27, 2001 AGREEMENT made and entered into the date hereinafter given by and between AZCO MINING, INC., a Delaware corporation, with its principal place of business located at 7239 N. El Mirage Road, Glendale, Arizona 85307 (herein referred to as the "Debtor"); and PATTY J. RYAN, residing at 5415 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85018 (herein referred to as the "Secured Party"). RECITALS: WHEREAS, the Debtor is indebted to the Secured Party by reason of a promissory note dated August 27, 2001, in the original principal amount of Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200,000.00), (herein referred to as the "Note"); and WHEREAS, that the indebtedness represented by the Note is to be secured by this Chattel Security Agreement. NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the Note and the mutual promises contained herein, the parties agree as follows: 1. SECURITY INTEREST. As and for security for the payment of the Note and any other loan or extension of credit now existing or made hereafter between the Debtor and the Secured party, the Debtor hereby grants to the Secured Party a continuing security interest in and to all the Debtor's right, title and interest in the following described property located at 7239 North El Mirage Road, Glendale, Arizona 85307 both presently existing and hereafter acquired or arising in the following property. All plant equipment, fixtures, inventory, raw materials, inventory of work in progress, inventory of finished goods, located at 7239 North El Mirage Road, Glendale, Arizona 85307. 2. WARRANTIES. A. Title. The Debtor warrants that as of August 27, 2001, at the time this security interest is created, the Debtor was the owner of, the plant equipment, fixtures, inventory, raw materials, inventory of work in progress, inventory of finished goods, located at 7239 North El Mirage Road, Glendale, Arizona 85307 and that Debtor has full power and authority to convey, transfer and pledge the security interest in the equipment to the Secured Party. B. Perfection. The Secured Party will cause financing statements to be filed and recorded, and amended and continued when necessary, to insure that the Secured Party's security interest in the Collateral is perfected at all times. C. Sale of Collateral. Other than in the ordinary course of business, the Collateral will not be sold or transferred or be subjected to any subsequent interest of a third party created or suffered by the Debtor, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, unless the Secured Party consents in writing in advance to such transfer or subsequent interest, such consent will not be unreasonably withheld. Secured Party's consent will be based upon the fair market value of remaining amount of Collateral which Secured Party would hold to secure the then unpaid balance of indebtedness. In no event shall the fair market value of the Collateral fall below the balance due under the obligation. Notwithstanding the above, the Debtor may sell the property which is the subject of the security interest providing the Debtor receives fair market value for the collateral and remits said proceeds to the Secured Party. D. Further Assurances. The Debtor will sign and execute any and all documents, including financing statements, and pay all connected costs necessary to protect the security interest under this Agreement against the rights or interests of third parties.

3. COVENANTS. The Debtor covenants and agrees that until payment in full and satisfaction of the Note: A. The Debtor shall not, without prior written notice to and consent of the Secured Party, change the nature and character of the Debtor's business or enter into any agreement for the merger or consolidation of the Debtor. B. The Debtor shall comply with all statutes and governmental regulations the failure to comply with which would have a material adverse effect upon the Debtor, its business or its properties. The Debtor shall pay promptly when due all taxes, assessments, government charges, claims for labor, supplies, rent and other obligations which, if unpaid, will become a lien against the Debtor's property, except for liabilities which are contested in good faith. C. The Debtor acknowledges that the Secured Party, in extending credit to the Debtor, is relying on the unique management ability of current management and acknowledges that current management of the Debtor are a material consideration to the Secured Party in agreeing to extend this credit to the Debtor. The Debtor covenants and agrees that without the prior written consent of the Secured Party, the Debtor shall not change management. D. The Debtor shall not enter into any merger or consolidation or acquire all or substantially all of the assets of any person, firm, joint venture or corporation, without the prior written consent of the Secured Party. E. The Debtor shall not, without the prior written consent of the Secured Party, sell, lease, assign, transfer or otherwise dispose of any assets (other than obsolete or worn-out property not used or usable in the business) whether now owned or hereafter acquired, except in the ordinary course of its business as presently conducted and for a full and adequate consideration. 4. AUTHORITY OF SECURED PARTY. If the Debtor fails to act as required by this Agreement or any of the other documents in connection with their acquisition of the Collateral, the Secured Party is authorized, after giving five (5) days written notice to Debtor, to take any and all action necessary on behalf of the Debtor to protect the Secured Party's interest in the Collateral. Debtor may participate with Secured Party in taking such action, providing Debtor makes such request to Secured Party in writing. 5. DEFAULT. The occurrence of one or more of the following events shall constitute an event of default: A. Breach of Warranty. Any representation or warranty made by the Debtor in writing to the Secured Party shall prove to have been incorrect in any material respect; or B. Default in Payment. The Debtor shall default in the payment, when due of any principal or interest on the Note or any other sum payable by the Debtor to the Secured Party under the Note; or C. Default in Performance. The Debtor shall default for thirty (30) days in the performance of any other obligation to the Secured Party; or D. Failure to Pay Other Indebtedness. Any indebtedness for money borrowed, for which the Debtor is liable, as principal obligors, guarantors or otherwise, is not paid at its stated maturity, subject to Debtor's right to cure said obligation upon the terms of said obligation; or is declared or otherwise become due and payable prior to its stated maturity; or E. Insolvency. The Debtor shall (1) apply for or consent to the appointment of a receiver, trustee or liquidator of itself or of all or a substantial part of its assets, (2) be unable or admits in writing its inability to pay its debts as they fall due, (3) make a general assignment for the benefit of its creditors, (4) be adjudicated a bankrupt or insolvent, or (5) file a voluntary petition in bankruptcy or a petition or an answer seeking reorganization or an arrangement with creditors or to take advantage of any insolvency law or an answer admitting the material allegations of a petition filed against it in any bankruptcy, reorganization or insolvency proceeding, or any corporate action shall be taken by it for the purpose of effecting any of the foregoing; or F. Receivership. An order, judgment or decree shall be entered, without the application, approval or consent of the Debtor or any of its subsidiaries by any court of competent jurisdiction, approving a petition seeking reorganization of the Debtor or any such subsidiary or appointing a receiver, trustee or liquidator of the Debtor or any such subsidiary or of all or a substantial part of any of their respective assets and such order, judgment or decree shall continue unstayed and in effect for any period of more than thirty (30) consecutive days.

6. REMEDIES. Upon the Debtor's failure to cure any event of default hereunder or any event of default under the Note within thirty (30) days after mailing or written notice of default by the Secured Party, at the option of Secured Party and without any notice or demand, the Secured Party shall have all the following rights and remedies in addition to those rights and remedies for default provided by the Arizona Uniform Commercial Code, as well as any other applicable law: A. Power of Attorney. The Debtor hereby grants the Secured Party power of attorney to endorse checks, notes, drafts, money orders and other negotiable instruments constituting payment with respect to the Collateral. B. Expenses and Application of Proceeds. The Debtor shall reimburse the Secured Party for any expenses incurred by the Secured Party in protecting or enforcing its rights under this Agreement, including without limitation, reasonable attorneys' fees and legal expenses and all expenses of taking possession, holding, preparing for disposition and disposing of the Collateral. After deduction of such expenses, the Secured Party may apply the proceeds of disposition to the obligations in such order and amounts as it elects. C. Waiver. The Secured Party may permit the Debtor to remedy any default without waiving the default so remedied, and the Secured Party may waive any default without waiving any other subsequent or prior default by the Debtor. D. Non Exclusivity of Remedies. No remedy herein conferred upon or reserved to the Secured Party is intended to exclusive of any other remedy or remedies, including those of any obligation owed to Secured Party, and each and every remedy shall be cumulative and in addition to every other remedy given hereunder, or now or hereafter existing at law or in equity. 7. NO LIABILITY OF SECURED PARTY. The Secured Party has no duty to protect or insure the Collateral. 8. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS. A. Amendment. This Agreement may be amended only by an instrument in writing executed by the party against whom enforcement of the amendment is sought. B. Notice. All notices, requests, demands, and other communications hereunder must be in writing and shall be hand-delivered or sent by registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, return receipt requested, addressed as follows:
If to Debtor: AZCO Mining, Inc. c/o Lawrence G. Olson 7239 N. El Mirage Road Glendale, Arizona 85307 P. J. Ryan 5415 North 40th Street Phoenix, Arizona 85018

If to Secured Party

With a copy to:

James Benham, Esq. MOORE & BENHAM, P.L.C. 1144 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix, Arizona 85034

Unless otherwise provided in this Agreement, notice by mail shall be effective on the earlier of the fifth business day after mailing or the date of receipt by either the party to be notified or its counsel designated above. Any party may change its address for notices by giving written notice to the other party in accordance with this subsection. C. Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Arizona. D. Captions. The captions in this Agreement are for convenience of reference only and shall not limit or otherwise affect any of the terms or provisions hereof.

E. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument. F. Severability. The provisions of this Agreement are independent of and severable from each other, and no provision shall be affected or rendered invalid or unenforceable by virtue of the fact that for any reasons any other provision may be invalid or unenforceable either in whole or in part. If a court of competent jurisdiction determined that any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable as written, such court may interpret, construe, rewrite or revise such provision to the fullest extent allowed by law, so as to make it enforceable and consistent with the intent of the parties. G. Binding Effect. This Agreement shall be binding upon the parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns. H. Assignability. No party my assign nor delegate their rights or obligations under this Agreement without the written consent of the other parties. I. Attorneys' Fees. In the event of any action or proceeding to compel compliance with, or for a breach of, the provisions of this Agreement, the court or body before which the action or proceeding is held or tried shall award to the prevailing party all damages, costs, and expenses of such action, including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys' fees. J. Specific Performance. The Debtor acknowledges that the refusal by it to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby will cause irrevocable harm to the Secured Party, for which there may not be adequate remedy at law. The Secured Party shall be entitled, in addition to all other remedies it may have at law or in equity, to specific performance of this Agreement by the Debtor. DATED this _____ day of August, 2001.
SECURED PARTY: PATTY J. RYAN DEBTOR: AZCO MINING, INC.

Patty J. Ryan

By: Lawrence G. Olson, President

NON-REVOLVING CREDIT LINE LOAN AGREEMENT BY THIS AGREEMENT made and entered into as of the 4th day of September, 2001, AZCO MINING INC., a Delaware corporation, whose address is 7239 North El Mirage Road, Glendale, Arizona (hereinafter called "Borrower"), and Luis Barrenchea, whose address is 10121 Sunkist Circle, Villa Park, California (hereinafter called "Lender"), for and in consideration of the recitals and mutual promises contained herein, confirm and agree as follows: SECTION 1. GENERAL LOAN TERMS 1.1 Subject to the conditions herein set forth, Lender agrees to loan to or for the benefit of Borrower, and Borrower agrees to draw upon and borrow, in the manner and upon the terms and conditions set forth herein, amounts that shall not exceed, in the aggregate, $200,000 (the "Loan"). Disbursements under the Loan are referred to herein individually as an "Advance" and collectively as "Advances." 1.2 The Loan shall be a non-revolving line of credit, against which Advances may be made to Borrower, with no right of Borrower to readvance any repaid sums. Lender shall have no obligation to make any Advance that would cause the outstanding principal balance of the Loan to exceed the limitations of Paragraph 1.1 above. 1.3 The Loan shall be evidenced by a Non-Revolving Credit Line Note in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A (the "Note") of Borrower, executed and delivered simultaneously with the execution of this Agreement, in the face amount of $200,000, payable to Lender upon the terms and conditions contained therein. 1.4 The Loan shall be unsecured. 1.5 In consideration of the Loan, Borrower shall provide to Lender a warrant for the purchase of 250,000 shares of Borrower's common stock in the form attached hereto as Exhibit B (the "Warrant"), and Borrower and Lender shall enter into a Registration Rights Agreement in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit C. 1.6 Borrower agrees that when Borrower makes any payment of principal on either the $800,000 NonRevolving Credit Line Loan of March 2001 borrowed from Lawrence G. Olson ("Olson") or the $800,000 Non-Revolving Credit Line Loan borrowed from Floyd Bleak ("Bleak"), Borrower will also immediately prepay to Lender the same percentage of principal as the percentage of principal paid to Olson or Bleak. For example, if 50% of the outstanding principal balance owed to Bleak or Olson is paid, 50% of the outstanding balance of principal due Lender will be paid at the same time.

SECTION 2. CONDITIONS PRECEDENT FOR CLOSING AND ADVANCES The obligation of Lender to make each and every Advance is subject to the following express conditions precedent, all of which shall be satisfied as of the date of the initial Advance (the "Closing Date") and the date of each and every Advance thereafter: 2.1 Borrower shall have executed and delivered to Lender this Agreement, the Note, the Warrant and any other documents or items reasonably required by Lender to effectuate the intent of those agreements (collectively, the "Documents"). 2.2 All representations and warranties by Borrower shall remain true and correct and all agreements that Borrower is to have performed or complied with by the date of the requested Advance shall have been performed or complied with. 2.3 No Event of Default exists, and no event has occurred and no condition exists that, after notice or lapse of time, or both, would constitute an Event of Default. SECTION 3. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES 3.1 Borrower represents and warrants to Lender as follows: (a) The recitals and statements of intent appearing in this Agreement are true and correct. (b) Borrower is duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the State of Delaware, and is qualified to do business and is in good standing in the State of Arizona. (c) Borrower has full power and authority to own its properties and assets and to carry on its business as now being conducted. (d) Borrower is fully authorized and permitted to enter into the Documents, to borrow the amounts contemplated herein upon the terms set forth herein and to perform the terms of the Documents, none of which conflicts with any provision of any law, rule or regulation applicable to Borrower. The Documents are valid and binding legal obligations of Borrower, and each is enforceable in accordance with its terms. (e) The execution, delivery and performance by Borrower of the Documents will not result in any breach of the terms, conditions or provisions of, or constitute a default under, any agreement or instrument under which Borrower is a party or is obligated. (f) No actions, suits or proceedings are pending or threatened against Borrower that might materially and adversely affect the repayment of the Loan, the performance by Borrower under the Documents or the financial condition, business or operations of Borrower. (g) Each request by Borrower for an Advance shall constitute an affirmation on the part of Borrower that the representations and warranties contained herein are true and correct as of the time of such request and that the conditions precedent for such Advance, as applicable, have been fully satisfied.

3.2 All representations and warranties made herein shall survive the execution of this Agreement, all Advances and the execution and delivery of all other documents and instruments in connection with the Loan, so long as Lender has any commitment to lend to Borrower hereunder and until the Loan and all indebtedness hereunder have been paid in full and all of Borrower's obligations hereunder have been fully discharged. SECTION 4. WAIVER 4.1 Borrower waives presentment, demand, protest and notices of protest, nonpayment, partial payment and all other notices and formalities except as expressly called for in this Agreement. Borrower consents to and waives notice of: (i) the granting of indulgences or extensions of time of payment, (ii) the taking or releasing of security, and (iii) the addition or release of persons who may be or become primarily or secondarily liable for the Loan or any other indebtedness arising in connection with the Loan, or any part thereof, and all in such manner and at such time as Lender may deem advisable. 4.2 No delay or omission by Lender in exercising any right, power or remedy hereunder, and no indulgence given to Borrower, with respect to any term, condition or provision set forth herein, shall impair any right, power or remedy of Lender under this Agreement, or be construed as a waiver by Lender of, or acquiescence in, any Event of Default. Likewise, no such delay, omission or indulgence by Lender shall be construed as a variation or waiver of any of the terms, conditions or provisions of this Agreement. Any actual waiver by Lender of any Event of Default shall not be a waiver of any other prior or subsequent Event of Default or of the same Event of Default after notice to Borrower demanding strict performance. SECTION 5. DEFAULT 5.1 The occurrence of any of the following events or conditions shall constitute an "Event of Default" under this Agreement: (a) Any failure to pay any principal or interest under the Note when the same shall become due and payable and such failure continues for 10 days after notice thereof to Borrower, or the failure to pay any other sum due under the Documents when the same shall become due and payable and such failure continues for 10 days after notice thereof to Borrower. No notice, however, shall be required after maturity of the Note. (b) Any failure or neglect to perform or observe any of the covenants, conditions or provisions of the Documents (other than a failure or neglect described in one or more of the other provisions of this Paragraph 5.1) and such failure or neglect either (i) cannot be remedied, (ii) can be remedied within 30 days by prompt and diligent action, but it continues unremedied for a period of 30 days after notice thereof to Borrower, or (iii) can be remedied, although not within 30 days even by prompt and diligent action, but such remedy is not commenced within 30 days after notice thereof to Borrower or is not diligently prosecuted to completion within a total of 90 days from the date of such notice. (c) Any warranty, representation or statement contained in any of the Documents or made or furnished to Lender by or on behalf of Borrower, that shall be or shall prove to have been false when made or furnished.

5.2 Upon the occurrence of any Event of Default and at any time while such Event of Default is continuing, Lender may do one or more of the following: (a) Cease making Advances and declare the entire Loan and all other indebtedness of Borrower hereunder immediately due and payable, without notice or demand; (b) Proceed to protect and enforce its rights and remedies under this Agreement, the Note and any other Documents; and (c) Avail itself of any other relief to which Lender may be legally or equitably entitled. 5.3 Borrower shall pay all costs and expenses, including without limitation reasonable attorneys' fees, incurred by Lender in enforcing payment and performance of the Loan and the other indebtedness and obligations of Borrower hereunder or in exercising the rights and remedies of Lender hereunder. SECTION 6. GENERAL 6.1 This Agreement is made for the sole protection and benefit of the parties hereto and no other person or organization shall have any right of action hereon. 6.2 This Agreement embodies the entire Agreement of the parties with regard to the subject matter hereof. There are no representations, promises, warranties, understandings or agreements expressed or implied, oral or otherwise, in relation thereto, except those expressly referred to or set forth herein. Borrower acknowledges that the execution and delivery of this Agreement is its free and voluntary act and deed, and that said execution and delivery have not been induced by, nor done in reliance upon, any representations, promises, warranties, understandings or agreements made by Lender, its agents, officers, employees or representatives. 6.3 No promise, representation, warranty or agreement made subsequent to the execution and delivery of this Agreement by either party hereto, and no revocation, partial or otherwise, or change, amendment or addition to, or alteration or modification of, this Agreement shall be valid unless the same shall be in writing signed by all parties hereto.

6.4 Lender and Borrower each have separate and independent rights and obligations under this Agreement. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as creating, forming or constituting any partnership, joint venture, merger or consolidation of Borrower and Lender for any purpose or in any respect. 6.5 This Agreement shall survive the making of the Loan and shall continue so long as any part of the Loan, or any extension or renewal thereof, remains outstanding. 6.6 All rights, powers and remedies granted Lender herein, or otherwise available to Lender, are for the sole benefit and protection of Lender, and Lender may exercise any such right, power or remedy at its option and in its sole and absolute discretion without any obligation to do so. In addition, if, under the terms hereof, Lender is given two or more alternative courses of action, Lender may elect any alternative or combination of alternatives, at its option and in its sole and absolute discretion. All monies advanced by Lender under the terms hereof and all amounts paid, suffered or incurred by Lender in exercising any authority granted herein, including reasonable attorneys' fees, shall bear interest at the highest rate payable on the Loan until paid, and shall be due and payable by Borrower to Lender immediately without demand. 6.7 Borrower shall indemnify and hold Lender harmless from and against all claims, costs, expenses, actions, suits, proceedings, losses, damages and liabilities of any kind whatsoever, including but not limited to attorneys' fees and expenses, arising out of any matter relating, directly or indirectly, to the Loan, but excluding any claim or liability which arises from the negligence or willful misconduct of Lender. This indemnity provision shall continue in full force and effect and shall survive not only the making of the Loan and all Advances but shall also survive the repayment of the Loan and the performance of all of Borrower's other obligations hereunder. 6.8 Time is expressly made of the essence of this Agreement. 6.9 All notices required or permitted to be given hereunder shall be in writing and may be given in person, by United States mail, by commercial delivery service, or by electronic transmission with verified receipt. Any notice directed to a party to this Agreement shall become effective upon the earliest of the following: (i) actual receipt by that party; (ii) delivery to the designated address of that party, addressed to that party; or (iii) if given by certified or registered United States mail, forty-eight (48) hours after deposit with the United States Postal Service, postage prepaid, addressed to that party at its designated address. The designated address of a party shall be the address of that party shown at the beginning of this Agreement or such other address as that party, from time to time, may specify by notice to the other parties.

6.10 This Agreement shall be governed by and construed according to the substantive laws of the State of Arizona, without regard to conflict of law principles. Exclusive venue for any action shall lie in the state and federal courts located in Maricopa County, Arizona. 6.11 This Agreement shall be binding upon, and shall inure to the benefit of, the parties hereto and their successors and assigns. Notwithstanding the previous sentence, Borrower shall not have the right to assign any of its rights or obligations hereunder without Lender's consent. Lender, at any time, shall have the right to sell the Loan or participation interests in the Loan and in any documents and instruments executed in connection herewith. Lender is authorized to furnish to any purchaser or participant or prospective purchaser or participant any information or document that Lender may have or obtain regarding the Loan or Borrower. 6.12 The headings or captions of sections in this Agreement are for reference only, do not define or limit the provisions of such sections, and shall not affect the interpretation of this Agreement. 6.13 The parties shall execute and deliver such additional documents and do such other acts so either of them may reasonably require to effectuate the intent of this Agreement as Lender may reasonably require in connection with this Loan. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, these presents are executed as of the date indicated above. BORROWER AZCO MINING INC., a Delaware corporation By: Its: LENDER Luis Barrenchea

AMENDMENT TO NON-REVOLVING CREDIT LINE LOAN AGREEMENT BY THIS AMENDMENT, entered into on the 12th day of October 2001, to the AGREEMENT made and entered into as of the 14th day of March, 2001, AZCO MINING INC., a Delaware corporation, whose address is 7239 North El Mirage Road, Glendale, Arizona (hereinafter called "Borrower"), and Lawrence G. Olson, whose address is 7239 North El Mirage Road, Glendale, Arizona (hereinafter called "Lender"), for and in consideration of the recitals and mutual promises contained herein, confirm and agree as follows: SECTION 1. GENERAL TERMS 1.1 Lender agrees to extend the term of the March 14, 2001, $800,000 loan an additional year to March 12th 2003 (the "Loan Extension"). 1.2 The Loan Extension shall be evidenced by a Non-Revolving Credit Line Note in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A (the "Note") of Borrower, executed and delivered simultaneously with the execution of this Amendment, in the face amount of $800,000, payable to Lender upon the terms and conditions contained therein. 1.3 The note shall take the place of the note executed in conjunction with the March 14, 2001 non-revolving credit loan agreement. 1.4 In consideration of the Loan Extension, Borrower shall provide to Lender a warrant for the purchase of 700,000 shares of Borrower's common stock in the form attached hereto as Exhibit B (the "Warrant"), and Borrower and Lender shall enter into a Registration Rights Agreement in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit C. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, these presents are executed as of the date indicated above. BORROWER AZCO MINING INC., a Delaware corporation By: Its: LENDER Lawrence G. Olson

NON-REVOLVING CREDIT LINE LOAN AGREEMENT BY THIS AGREEMENT made and entered into as of the 19th day of October 2001, AZCO MINING INC., a Delaware corporation, whose address is 7239 North El Mirage Road, Glendale, Arizona (hereinafter called "Borrower"), and Luis Barrenchea, whose address is 10121 Sunkist Circle, Villa Park, California (hereinafter called "Lender"), for and in consideration of the recitals and mutual promises contained herein, confirm and agree as follows: SECTION 1. GENERAL LOAN TERMS 1.1 Subject to the conditions herein set forth, Lender agrees to loan to or for the benefit of Borrower, and Borrower agrees to draw upon and borrow, in the manner and upon the terms and conditions set forth herein, amounts that shall not exceed, in the aggregate, $100,000 (the "Loan"). Disbursements under the Loan are referred to herein individually as an "Advance" and collectively as "Advances." 1.2 The Loan shall be a non-revolving line of credit, against which Advances may be made to Borrower, with no right of Borrower to readvance any repaid sums. Lender shall have no obligation to make any Advance that would cause the outstanding principal balance of the Loan to exceed the limitations of Paragraph 1.1 above. 1.3 The Loan shall be evidenced by a Non-Revolving Credit Line Note in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A (the "Note") of Borrower, executed and delivered simultaneously with the execution of this Agreement, in the face amount of $100,000, payable to Lender upon the terms and conditions contained therein. 1.4 The Loan shall be unsecured. 1.5 In consideration of the Loan, Borrower shall provide to Lender a warrant for the purchase of 125,000 shares of Borrower's common stock in the form attached hereto as Exhibit B (the "Warrant"), and Borrower and Lender shall enter into a Registration Rights Agreement in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit C. 1.6 Borrower agrees that when Borrower makes any payment of principal on either the $800,000 NonRevolving Credit Line Loan of March 2001 borrowed from Lawrence G. Olson ("Olson") or the $215,000 Non-Revolving Credit Line Loan borrowed from Floyd Bleak ("Bleak"), Borrower will also immediately prepay to Lender the same percentage of principal as the percentage of principal paid to Olson or Bleak. For example, if 50% of the outstanding principal balance owed to Bleak or Olson is paid, 50% of the outstanding balance of principal due Lender will be paid at the same time.

SECTION 2. CONDITIONS PRECEDENT FOR CLOSING AND ADVANCES The obligation of Lender to make each and every Advance is subject to the following express conditions precedent, all of which shall be satisfied as of the date of the initial Advance (the "Closing Date") and the date of each and every Advance thereafter: 2.1 Borrower shall have executed and delivered to Lender this Agreement, the Note, the Warrant and any other documents or items reasonably required by Lender to effectuate the intent of those agreements (collectively, the "Documents"). 2.2 All representations and warranties by Borrower shall remain true and correct and all agreements that Borrower is to have performed or complied with by the date of the requested Advance shall have been performed or complied with. 2.3 No Event of Default exists, and no event has occurred and no condition exists that, after notice or lapse of time, or both, would constitute an Event of Default. SECTION 3. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES 3.1 Borrower represents and warrants to Lender as follows: (a) The recitals and statements of intent appearing in this Agreement are true and correct. (b) Borrower is duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the State of Delaware, and is qualified to do business and is in good standing in the State of Arizona. (c) Borrower has full power and authority to own its properties and assets and to carry on its business as now being conducted. (d) Borrower is fully authorized and permitted to enter into the Documents, to borrow the amounts contemplated herein upon the terms set forth herein and to perform the terms of the Documents, none of which conflicts with any provision of any law, rule or regulation applicable to Borrower. The Documents are valid and binding legal obligations of Borrower, and each is enforceable in accordance with its terms.

(e) The execution, delivery and performance by Borrower of the Documents will not result in any breach of the terms, conditions or provisions of, or constitute a default under, any agreement or instrument under which Borrower is a party or is obligated. (f) No actions, suits or proceedings are pending or threatened against Borrower that might materially and adversely affect the repayment of the Loan, the performance by Borrower under the Documents or the financial condition, business or operations of Borrower. (g) Each request by Borrower for an Advance shall constitute an affirmation on the part of Borrower that the representations and warranties contained herein are true and correct as of the time of such request and that the conditions precedent for such Advance, as applicable, have been fully satisfied. 3.2 All representations and warranties made herein shall survive the execution of this Agreement, all Advances and the execution and delivery of all other documents and instruments in connection with the Loan, so long as Lender has any commitment to lend to Borrower hereunder and until the Loan and all indebtedness hereunder have been paid in full and all of Borrower's obligations hereunder have been fully discharged. SECTION 4. WAIVER 4.1 Borrower waives presentment, demand, protest and notices of protest, nonpayment, partial payment and all other notices and formalities except as expressly called for in this Agreement. Borrower consents to and waives notice of: (i) the granting of indulgences or extensions of time of payment, (ii) the taking or releasing of security, and (iii) the addition or release of persons who may be or become primarily or secondarily liable for the Loan or any other indebtedness arising in connection with the Loan, or any part thereof, and all in such manner and at such time as Lender may deem advisable. 4.2 No delay or omission by Lender in exercising any right, power or remedy hereunder, and no indulgence given to Borrower, with respect to any term, condition or provision set forth herein, shall impair any right, power or remedy of Lender under this Agreement, or be construed as a waiver by Lender of, or acquiescence in, any Event of Default. Likewise, no such delay, omission or indulgence by Lender shall be construed as a variation or waiver of any of the terms, conditions or provisions of this Agreement. Any actual waiver by Lender of any Event of Default shall not be a waiver of any other prior or subsequent Event of Default or of the same Event of Default after notice to Borrower demanding strict performance. SECTION 5. DEFAULT 5.1 The occurrence of any of the following events or conditions shall constitute an "Event of Default" under this Agreement: (a) Any failure to pay any principal or interest under the Note when the same shall become due and payable and such failure continues for 10 days after notice thereof to Borrower, or the failure to pay any other sum due under the Documents when the same shall become due and payable and such failure continues for 10 days after notice thereof to Borrower. No notice, however, shall be required after maturity of the Note.

(b) Any failure or neglect to perform or observe any of the covenants, conditions or provisions of the Documents (other than a failure or neglect described in one or more of the other provisions of this Paragraph 5.1) and such failure or neglect either (i) cannot be remedied, (ii) can be remedied within 30 days by prompt and diligent action, but it continues unremedied for a period of 30 days after notice thereof to Borrower, or (iii) can be remedied, although not within 30 days even by prompt and diligent action, but such remedy is not commenced within 30 days after notice thereof to Borrower or is not diligently prosecuted to completion within a total of 90 days from the date of such notice. (c) Any warranty, representation or statement contained in any of the Documents or made or furnished to Lender by or on behalf of Borrower, that shall be or shall prove to have been false when made or furnished. 5.2 Upon the occurrence of any Event of Default and at any time while such Event of Default is continuing, Lender may do one or more of the following: (a) Cease making Advances and declare the entire Loan and all other indebtedness of Borrower hereunder immediately due and payable, without notice or demand; (b) Proceed to protect and enforce its rights and remedies under this Agreement, the Note and any other Documents; and (c) Avail itself of any other relief to which Lender may be legally or equitably entitled. 5.3 Borrower shall pay all costs and expenses, including without limitation reasonable attorneys' fees, incurred by Lender in enforcing payment and performance of the Loan and the other indebtedness and obligations of Borrower hereunder or in exercising the rights and remedies of Lender hereunder. SECTION 6. GENERAL 6.1 This Agreement is made for the sole protection and benefit of the parties hereto and no other person or organization shall have any right of action hereon. 6.2 This Agreement embodies the entire Agreement of the parties with regard to the subject matter hereof. There are no representations, promises, warranties, understandings or agreements expressed or implied, oral or otherwise, in relation thereto, except those expressly referred to or set forth herein. Borrower acknowledges that the execution and delivery of this Agreement is its free and voluntary act and deed, and that said execution and delivery have not been induced by, nor done in reliance upon, any representations, promises, warranties, understandings or agreements made by Lender, its agents, officers, employees or representatives.

6.3 No promise, representation, warranty or agreement made subsequent to the execution and delivery of this Agreement by either party hereto, and no revocation, partial or otherwise, or change, amendment or addition to, or alteration or modification of, this Agreement shall be valid unless the same shall be in writing signed by all parties hereto. 6.4 Lender and Borrower each have separate and independent rights and obligations under this Agreement. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as creating, forming or constituting any partnership, joint venture, merger or consolidation of Borrower and Lender for any purpose or in any respect. 6.5 This Agreement shall survive the making of the Loan and shall continue so long as any part of the Loan, or any extension or renewal thereof, remains outstanding. 6.6 All rights, powers and remedies granted Lender herein, or otherwise available to Lender, are for the sole benefit and protection of Lender, and Lender may exercise any such right, power or remedy at its option and in its sole and absolute discretion without any obligation to do so. In addition, if, under the terms hereof, Lender is given two or more alternative courses of action, Lender may elect any alternative or combination of alternatives, at its option and in its sole and absolute discretion. All monies advanced by Lender under the terms hereof and all amounts paid, suffered or incurred by Lender in exercising any authority granted herein, including reasonable attorneys' fees, shall bear interest at the highest rate payable on the Loan until paid, and shall be due and payable by Borrower to Lender immediately without demand. 6.7 Borrower shall indemnify and hold Lender harmless from and against all claims, costs, expenses, actions, suits, proceedings, losses, damages and liabilities of any kind whatsoever, including but not limited to attorneys' fees and expenses, arising out of any matter relating, directly or indirectly, to the Loan, but excluding any claim or liability which arises from the negligence or willful misconduct of Lender. This indemnity provision shall continue in full force and effect and shall survive not only the making of the Loan and all Advances but shall also survive the repayment of the Loan and the performance of all of Borrower's other obligations hereunder. 6.8 Time is expressly made of the essence of this Agreement. 6.9 All notices required or permitted to be given hereunder shall be in writing and may be given in person, by United States mail, by commercial delivery service, or by electronic transmission with verified receipt. Any notice directed to a party to this Agreement shall become effective upon the earliest of the following: (i) actual receipt by that party; (ii) delivery to the designated address of that party, addressed to that party; or (iii) if given by certified or registered United States mail, forty-eight (48) hours after deposit with the United States Postal Service, postage prepaid, addressed to that party at its designated address. The designated address of a party shall be the address of that party shown at the beginning of this Agreement or such other address as that party, from time to time, may specify by notice to the other parties. 6.10 This Agreement shall be governed by and construed according to the substantive laws of the State of Arizona, without regard to conflict of law principles. Exclusive venue for any action shall lie in the state and federal courts located in Maricopa County, Arizona. 6.11 This Agreement shall be binding upon, and shall inure to the benefit of, the parties hereto and their successors and assigns. Notwithstanding the previous sentence, Borrower shall not have the right to assign any of its rights or obligations hereunder without Lender's consent. Lender, at any time, shall have the right to sell the Loan or participation interests in the Loan and in any documents and instruments executed in connection herewith. Lender is authorized to furnish to any purchaser or participant or prospective purchaser or participant any information or document that Lender may have or obtain regarding the Loan or Borrower.

6.12 The headings or captions of sections in this Agreement are for reference only, do not define or limit the provisions of such sections, and shall not affect the interpretation of this Agreement. 6.13 The parties shall execute and deliver such additional documents and do such other acts so either of them may reasonably require to effectuate the intent of this Agreement as Lender may reasonably require in connection with this Loan. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, these presents are executed as of the date indicated above. BORROWER AZCO MINING INC., a Delaware corporation By: Its: LENDER Luis Barrenchea

NON-REVOLVING CREDIT LINE LOAN AGREEMENT BY THIS AGREEMENT made and entered into as of the 4th day of December 2001, AZCO MINING INC., a Delaware corporation, whose address is 7239 North El Mirage Road, Glendale, Arizona (hereinafter called "Borrower"), and Luis Barrenchea, whose address is 10121 Sunkist Circle, Villa Park, California (hereinafter called "Lender"), for and in consideration of the recitals and mutual promises contained herein, confirm and agree as follows: SECTION 1. GENERAL LOAN TERMS 1.1 Subject to the conditions herein set forth, Lender agrees to loan to or for the benefit of Borrower, and Borrower agrees to draw upon and borrow, in the manner and upon the terms and conditions set forth herein, amounts that shall not exceed, in the aggregate, $100,000 (the "Loan"). Disbursements under the Loan are referred to herein individually as an "Advance" and collectively as "Advances." 1.2 The Loan shall be a non-revolving line of credit, against which Advances may be made to Borrower, with no right of Borrower to readvance any repaid sums. Lender shall have no obligation to make any Advance that would cause the outstanding principal balance of the Loan to exceed the limitations of Paragraph 1.1 above. 1.3 The Loan shall be evidenced by a Non-Revolving Credit Line Note in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A (the "Note") of Borrower, executed and delivered simultaneously with the execution of this Agreement, in the face amount of $100,000, payable to Lender upon the terms and conditions contained therein. 1.4 The Loan shall be unsecured. 1.5 In consideration of the Loan, Borrower shall provide to Lender a warrant for the purchase of 125,000 shares of Borrower's common stock in the form attached hereto as Exhibit B (the "Warrant"), and Borrower and Lender shall enter into a Registration Rights Agreement in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit C. 1.6 Borrower agrees that when Borrower makes any payment of principal on either the $800,000 NonRevolving Credit Line Loan of March 2001 borrowed from Lawrence G. Olson ("Olson") or the $215,000 Non-Revolving Credit Line Loan borrowed from Floyd Bleak ("Bleak"), Borrower will also immediately prepay to Lender the same percentage of principal as the percentage of principal paid to Olson or Bleak. For example, if 50% of the outstanding principal balance owed to Bleak or Olson is paid, 50% of the outstanding balance of principal due Lender will be paid at the same time.

SECTION 2. CONDITIONS PRECEDENT FOR CLOSING AND ADVANCES The obligation of Lender to make each and every Advance is subject to the following express conditions precedent, all of which shall be satisfied as of the date of the initial Advance (the "Closing Date") and the date of each and every Advance thereafter: 2.1 Borrower shall have executed and delivered to Lender this Agreement, the Note, the Warrant and any other documents or items reasonably required by Lender to effectuate the intent of those agreements (collectively, the "Documents"). 2.2 All representations and warranties by Borrower shall remain true and correct and all agreements that Borrower is to have performed or complied with by the date of the requested Advance shall have been performed or complied with. 2.3 No Event of Default exists, and no event has occurred and no condition exists that, after notice or lapse of time, or both, would constitute an Event of Default. SECTION 3. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES 3.1 Borrower represents and warrants to Lender as follows: (a) The recitals and statements of intent appearing in this Agreement are true and correct. (b) Borrower is duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the State of Delaware, and is qualified to do business and is in good standing in the State of Arizona. (c) Borrower has full power and authority to own its properties and assets and to carry on its business as now being conducted. (d) Borrower is fully authorized and permitted to enter into the Documents, to borrow the amounts contemplated herein upon the terms set forth herein and to perform the terms of the Documents, none of which conflicts with any provision of any law, rule or regulation applicable to Borrower. The Documents are valid and binding legal obligations of Borrower, and each is enforceable in accordance with its terms. (e) The execution, delivery and performance by Borrower of the Documents will not result in any breach of the terms, conditions or provisions of, or constitute a default under, any agreement or instrument under which Borrower is a party or is obligated. (f) No actions, suits or proceedings are pending or threatened against Borrower that might materially and adversely affect the repayment of the Loan, the performance by Borrower under the Documents or the financial condition, business or operations of Borrower. (g) Each request by Borrower for an Advance shall constitute an affirmation on the part of Borrower that the representations and warranties contained herein are true and correct as of the time of such request and that the conditions precedent for such Advance, as applicable, have been fully satisfied.

3.2 All representations and warranties made herein shall survive the execution of this Agreement, all Advances and the execution and delivery of all other documents and instruments in connection with the Loan, so long as Lender has any commitment to lend to Borrower hereunder and until the Loan and all indebtedness hereunder have been paid in full and all of Borrower's obligations hereunder have been fully discharged. SECTION 4. WAIVER 4.1 Borrower waives presentment, demand, protest and notices of protest, nonpayment, partial payment and all other notices and formalities except as expressly called for in this Agreement. Borrower consents to and waives notice of: (i) the granting of indulgences or extensions of time of payment, (ii) the taking or releasing of security, and (iii) the addition or release of persons who may be or become primarily or secondarily liable for the Loan or any other indebtedness arising in connection with the Loan, or any part thereof, and all in such manner and at such time as Lender may deem advisable. 4.2 No delay or omission by Lender in exercising any right, power or remedy hereunder, and no indulgence given to Borrower, with respect to any term, condition or provision set forth herein, shall impair any right, power or remedy of Lender under this Agreement, or be construed as a waiver by Lender of, or acquiescence in, any Event of Default. Likewise, no such delay, omission or indulgence by Lender shall be construed as a variation or waiver of any of the terms, conditions or provisions of this Agreement. Any actual waiver by Lender of any Event of Default shall not be a waiver of any other prior or subsequent Event of Default or of the same Event of Default after notice to Borrower demanding strict performance. SECTION 5. DEFAULT 5.1 The occurrence of any of the following events or conditions shall constitute an "Event of Default" under this Agreement: (a) Any failure to pay any principal or interest under the Note when the same shall become due and payable and such failure continues for 10 days after notice thereof to Borrower, or the failure to pay any other sum due under the Documents when the same shall become due and payable and such failure continues for 10 days after notice thereof to Borrower. No notice, however, shall be required after maturity of the Note. (b) Any failure or neglect to perform or observe any of the covenants, conditions or provisions of the Documents (other than a failure or neglect described in one or more of the other provisions of this Paragraph 5.1) and such failure or neglect either (i) cannot be remedied, (ii) can be remedied within 30 days by prompt and diligent action, but it continues unremedied for a period of 30 days after notice thereof to Borrower, or (iii) can be remedied, although not within 30 days even by prompt and diligent action, but such remedy is not commenced within 30 days after notice thereof to Borrower or is not diligently prosecuted to completion within a total of 90 days from the date of such notice. (c) Any warranty, representation or statement contained in any of the Documents or made or furnished to Lender by or on behalf of Borrower, that shall be or shall prove to have been false when made or furnished. 5.2 Upon the occurrence of any Event of Default and at any time while such Event of Default is continuing, Lender may do one or more of the following: (a) Cease making Advances and declare the entire Loan and all other indebtedness of Borrower hereunder immediately due and payable, without notice or demand; (b) Proceed to protect and enforce its rights and remedies under this Agreement, the Note and any other Documents; and (c) Avail itself of any other relief to which Lender may be legally or equitably entitled.

5.3 Borrower shall pay all costs and expenses, including without limitation reasonable attorneys' fees, incurred by Lender in enforcing payment and performance of the Loan and the other indebtedness and obligations of Borrower hereunder or in exercising the rights and remedies of Lender hereunder. SECTION 6. GENERAL 6.1 This Agreement is made for the sole protection and benefit of the parties hereto and no other person or organization shall have any right of action hereon. 6.2 This Agreement embodies the entire Agreement of the parties with regard to the subject matter hereof. There are no representations, promises, warranties, understandings or agreements expressed or implied, oral or otherwise, in relation thereto, except those expressly referred to or set forth herein. Borrower acknowledges that the execution and delivery of this Agreement is its free and voluntary act and deed, and that said execution and delivery have not been induced by, nor done in reliance upon, any representations, promises, warranties, understandings or agreements made by Lender, its agents, officers, employees or representatives. 6.3 No promise, representation, warranty or agreement made subsequent to the execution and delivery of this Agreement by either party hereto, and no revocation, partial or otherwise, or change, amendment or addition to, or alteration or modification of, this Agreement shall be valid unless the same shall be in writing signed by all parties hereto. 6.4 Lender and Borrower each have separate and independent rights and obligations under this Agreement. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as creating, forming or constituting any partnership, joint venture, merger or consolidation of Borrower and Lender for any purpose or in any respect. 6.5 This Agreement shall survive the making of the Loan and shall continue so long as any part of the Loan, or any extension or renewal thereof, remains outstanding. 6.6 All rights, powers and remedies granted Lender herein, or otherwise available to Lender, are for the sole benefit and protection of Lender, and Lender may exercise any such right, power or remedy at its option and in its sole and absolute discretion without any obligation to do so. In addition, if, under the terms hereof, Lender is given two or more alternative courses of action, Lender may elect any alternative or combination of alternatives, at its option and in its sole and absolute discretion. All monies advanced by Lender under the terms hereof and all amounts paid, suffered or incurred by Lender in exercising any authority granted herein, including reasonable attorneys' fees, shall bear interest at the highest rate payable on the Loan until paid, and shall be due and payable by Borrower to Lender immediately without demand. 6.7 Borrower shall indemnify and hold Lender harmless from and against all claims, costs, expenses, actions, suits, proceedings, losses, damages and liabilities of any kind whatsoever, including but not limited to attorneys' fees and expenses, arising out of any matter relating, directly or indirectly, to the Loan, but excluding any claim or liability which arises from the negligence or willful misconduct of Lender. This indemnity provision shall continue in full force and effect and shall survive not only the making of the Loan and all Advances but shall also survive the repayment of the Loan and the performance of all of Borrower's other obligations hereunder. 6.8 Time is expressly made of the essence of this Agreement. 6.9 All notices required or permitted to be given hereunder shall be in writing and may be given in person, by United States mail, by commercial delivery service, or by electronic transmission with verified receipt. Any notice directed to a party to this Agreement shall become effective upon the earliest of the following: (i) actual receipt by that party; (ii) delivery to the designated address of that party, addressed to that party; or (iii) if given by certified or registered United States mail, forty-eight (48) hours after deposit with the United States Postal Service, postage prepaid, addressed to that party at its designated address. The designated address of a party shall be the address of that party shown at the beginning of this Agreement or such other address as that party, from time to time, may specify by notice to the other parties.

6.10 This Agreement shall be governed by and construed according to the substantive laws of the State of Arizona, without regard to conflict of law principles. Exclusive venue for any action shall lie in the state and federal courts located in Maricopa County, Arizona. 6.11 This Agreement shall be binding upon, and shall inure to the benefit of, the parties hereto and their successors and assigns. Notwithstanding the previous sentence, Borrower shall not have the right to assign any of its rights or obligations hereunder without Lender's consent. Lender, at any time, shall have the right to sell the Loan or participation interests in the Loan and in any documents and instruments executed in connection herewith. Lender is authorized to furnish to any purchaser or participant or prospective purchaser or participant any information or document that Lender may have or obtain regarding the Loan or Borrower. 6.12 The headings or captions of sections in this Agreement are for reference only, do not define or limit the provisions of such sections, and shall not affect the interpretation of this Agreement. 6.13 The parties shall execute and deliver such additional documents and do such other acts so either of them may reasonably require to effectuate the intent of this Agreement as Lender may reasonably require in connection with this Loan. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, these presents are executed as of the date indicated above. BORROWER AZCO MINING INC., a Delaware corporation By: Its: LENDER Luis Barrenchea

REAL PROPERTY PURCHASE AGREEMENT This Agreement is made and entered into this 17th day of January, 2002, in Glendale, Arizona, by and between Ussery Accounting Services, LLC, an Arizona limited liability company, for the benefit of Muzz Investments, LLC, an Arizona limited liability company (hereinafter "Buyer"), and AZCO Mining, Inc., a Delaware corporation (hereinafter "Seller"). RECITALS A. Seller owns in fee simple the real property consisting of approximately 5 acres and the building and improvements thereon. The street address of the property is at 7239 North El Mirage Road, City of Glendale, County of Maricopa, State of Arizona. The legal description which is attached hereto as Schedule A and incorporated herein by this reference, which real property is hereinafter referred to as the "Real Property." B. Seller intends to sell to Buyer, and Buyer intends to purchase from Seller, an undivided interest in the Real Property upon the terms and conditions set forth hereinbelow. NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants to be kept and performed by the parties hereto and other valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties agree as follows: AGREEMENT 1. Agreement for Sale. The Seller agrees to sell and the Buyer agrees to purchase an undivided Forty percent (40%) interest in the Real Property as tenants in common upon the terms and conditions set forth hereinbelow. The Real Property is being sold on an undivided interest basis, and not as an entire parcel and not by the square foot. There shall be no adjustment in price for any deviation from the square footage from that represented to any party. 2. Purchase Price. The purchase price for the Real Property is Three Million and no/100 Dollars ------------- ($3,000,000.00) (hereinafter the "Purchase Price"). The Purchase Price shall be paid in full by wire transfer at close of escrow. 3. Covenants and Restrictions.

3.1 Seller represents and warrants that, to the best of its knowledge, the covenants, agreements, or other contractual limitations which may limit Buyer's use of the Real Property will be disclosed in the title report from Westland Title Agency of Arizona. 3.2 Seller represents and warrants to and covenants with Buyer that Seller will have good and defensible title in fee to the Real Property on or before the date of Close of Escrow, free and clear of all financial liens, by, through, or under Seller, except only for those liens and encumbrances set forth in the title report from Westland Title Agency of Arizona, and that, as of the Close of Escrow, no other party shall have any rights in the Real Property. 3.3 Except as reflected in the preliminary title report at the time of execution of this Agreement, there are no claims, actions, suits, or other proceedings pending or threatened by any governmental department or agency or any other corporation, partnership, entity, or person whomsoever, nor any voluntary actions or proceedings contemplated by Seller, which in any manner or to any extent may detrimentally affect Buyer's right, title, or interest in and to the Real Property or the value of the Real Property or Seller's ability to perform Seller's obligations under this Agreement. 3.4 Seller owns the Real Property in fee simple absolute, subject only to the matters reflected in the preliminary title report. 3.5 There is no pending or threatened condemnation or similar proceeding affecting any part of the Real Property, and Seller has not received any notice of any such proceeding and has no knowledge that any such proceeding is contemplated. 3.6 No work has been performed or is in progress at the Real Property and no materials have been furnished to the Real Property which might give rise to mechanic's, materialmen's, or other liens against any part of the Real Property. 3.7 Seller is not prohibited from consummating the transactions contemplated by this Agreement by any law, regulation, agreement, instrument, restriction, order, or judgment. 3.8 There are no parties in adverse possession of the Real Property; there are no parties in possession of the Real Property except Seller and the holders of the Leases; and no party has been granted any license, lease, or other right relating to the use or possession of the Real Property other than the holders of the Leases. 3.9 There are no attachments, executions, assignments for the benefit of creditors, receiverships, conservatorships, or voluntary or involuntary proceedings in bankruptcy or pursuant to any other laws for relief of debtors contemplated or filed by Seller or pending against Seller or affecting or involving the Real Property. 3.10 There is no default, nor has any event occurred which with the passage of time or the giving of notice or both would constitute a default in any contract, mortgage, deed of trust, lease, or other instrument which relates to the Real Property or which affects the Real Property in any manner whatsoever. 3.11 There are no contracts or other obligations outstanding for the sale, exchange, or transfer of all or any part of the Real Property.

3.12 There are no written modifications of the Leases other than those which have been provided to Buyer. The Leases have not been modified by any oral agreements. 3.13 There are no violations of laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, codes, covenants, conditions, restrictions, instructions, or agreements applicable to the Real Property. Seller has not received notices from any insurance companies, governmental agencies, or any other person with respect to violations concerning the Real Property. If any notices of violations are received prior to Close of Escrow, Seller shall immediately submit copies to Buyer and Buyer's review and acceptance shall be a condition precedent to Close of Escrow. 3.14 Seller has taken all actions necessary to protect and preserve all grandfathered water rights with respect to the Real Property. 3.15 There has been no production, discharge, disposal, or storage on, from, or onto the Real Property or any lot or adjacent property, of any petroleum products or hazardous waste, hazardous materials, or other toxic substance or any activity which could have otherwise contaminated the Real Property, and there is no proceeding or inquiry by any governmental body with respect to contamination of the Real Property. Neither the Real Property nor any improvements or fixtures located on the Real Property contain any hazardous building materials or toxic substances, including, without limitation, asbestos, or PCB's, and the Real Property does not contain and has never contained any underground tank. 3.16 Seller shall have performed fully and complied with the Agreements required to be performed or complied with by it prior to at the Close of Escrow, including satisfaction of the requirements contained in the Requirements section or Schedule B of the preliminary title report referred to in this Agreement. 3.17 Seller will not at any time prior to Close of the Escrow grant to any person an interest in the Property. 3.18 Seller will not at any time prior to the Close of Escrow join in, consent to, request, or apply for any change in the current zoning with respect to the Property. 3.19 Seller expressly warrants that there is access to and from the Real Property to a public street or highway. 3.20 Seller represents and warrants that it is a Delaware corporation in good standing and that it and its Officer undersigned have the authority to enter into this transaction and to execute all documents related to this transaction.

3.21 Buyer represents and warrants that it is an Arizona limited liability company in good standing and that it and its Member or Manager undersigned have the authority to enter into this transaction and to execute all documents related to this transaction. 4. Payment; Feasibility Period. 4.1 Earnest Money. Not required. 4.2 Payment of Purchase Price. Buyer shall pay to Seller the balance of the Purchase Price, which is Three Million and no/100 Dollars ($3,000,000.00), less closing costs at the Close of Escrow. 4.3 Inspections. Buyer shall have the right and option before the Close of Escrow to perform such inspections, tests, studies, and analyses as it deems necessary or appropriate. 5. Title, Survey, and Escrow. 5.1 Conveyance by General Warranty Deed. Seller shall duly execute, acknowledge, and deliver to Escrow Agent, for recordation upon close of escrow, a General Warranty Deed on Escrow Agent's standard form, conveying an undivided interest in the Real Property to Buyer. 5.2 Affidavit of Value. Buyer and Seller shall execute, acknowledge and deliver to Escrow Agent the Affidavit of Real Property Value required by Arizona Rev. Statutes,ss.11-1134. 5.3 Title Insurance. As a condition of Buyer's obligation to close Escrow, Westland Title Agency of Arizona Title Company shall be prepared to issue to issue its standard coverage owner's policy of title insurance, insuring fee title to the Real Property in the amount of the Purchase Price, free and clear of all liens and encumbrances, subject only to the standard exceptions in the policy and to matters in Schedule B of the Preliminary Title Report to be prepared by the Title Agency and approved as follows: Seller shall cause (1) an ATLA boundary survey of the Real Property (the "Survey") to be delivered to Buyer before the Close of Escrow and (2) Title Agency to deliver to Seller and Buyer a title commitment for the Real Property (the "Title Commitment") together with all Schedule B documents. Buyer shall advise Seller within five (5) days of receipt of each such item which Survey items or exceptions to the Title Commitment, if any, will not be accepted by the Buyer. If Buyer fails to give Seller notice of any objections to the Title Commitment or the Survey within such period, Buyer shall be deemed to have accepted and approved the condition of the Survey and the title as reflected in the Title Commitment. Seller shall have five (5) days after receipt of Buyer's objections, if any, to give Buyer notice: (i) that Seller will remove any objectionable exceptions from the Title Commitment and provide Buyer with evidence satisfactory to Buyer of such removal, or provide Buyer with evidence satisfactory to Buyer that the exceptions will be removed prior to the Close of Escrow, or (ii) that Seller elects not to cause such exception to be removed. If Seller fails to give notice to Buyer within such period, Seller will be deemed to have given notice to Buyer under clause (ii) on the fifth (5th) day after Seller's notice of objection. If Seller gives or is deemed to have given notice under clause (ii), Buyer shall have five (5) days to proceed with the purchase and take the Real Property subject to the exceptions with no reduction in the Purchase Price or to terminate this Agreement. If Buyer fails to give notice of its election within five (5) days, then Buyer shall be deemed to have elected to terminate this Agreement. If Seller gives notice pursuant to clause (i), but fails to remove the objectionable title exception from the Title Commitment prior to Close of Escrow, and the Buyer is unwilling to take title subject thereto, then Buyer may elect to terminate this Agreement, and the Earnest Money, together with any interest accrued thereon, shall be repaid to Buyer, and the parties shall be excused from further performance hereunder.

5.4 Opening and Close of Escrow. Upon executing this Agreement, Seller shall cause escrow to be opened at Westland Title Agency of Arizona, 7720 North 16th Street, Suite 300, Phoenix, Arizona 85020, Attention Helen Martinez Mendez (hereinafter the "Escrow Agent"). "Opening of Escrow" shall occur on the date that both a fully execute counterpart of this Agreement and the Initial Earnest Money deposit have been received by the Escrow Agent. "Close of Escrow" shall occur as soon as possible but not later than January 15, 2002. 5.5 Charges. All real property taxes, general and special bonds or improvements, assessments, and other public or governmental charges or assessments, liens, or encumbrances against the Real Property, including assessments, liens, or encumbrances for sewers, water, drainage, or other public improvements, accruing prior to the Close of Escrow shall be paid in full by the Seller, whether or not such assessments or charges have been levied as of the Close of Escrow. Real property taxes relating to the current tax year shall be prorated between Seller and Buyer as of Close of Escrow, based upon the Buyer's undivided interest in the Real Property and the portion of the real property taxes for the tax parcels included within the Real Property and upon the latest estimates available for the amount of taxes that will be due and payable with respect to the real property. 5.6 Expenses of Escrow. Title insurance premiums and all other costs or expenses of escrow shall be paid as follows: Seller shall pay the premium for a standard owner's policy of title insurance in the amount of the Purchase Price. In the event Buyer elects to obtain an extended coverage owner's policy of title insurance, Buyer shall pay for the increased premium for an extended coverage owner's policy of title insurance and the cost of any endorsements which the Buyer may require, but Buyer shall not delay the Close of Escrow or increase any amount to be paid by Seller hereunder. The cost of recording the Special Warranty Deed to Buyer and any loan fees or recording fees for loan documents shall be paid by Buyer. All expenses of Escrow and Closing, including other recording fees, shall be allocated to and paid by Seller and Buyer in accordance with the manner in which such costs are customarily paid by such parties in sales of similar property in Maricopa County, Arizona, provided, however, that each party shall pay its own attorneys fees. 6. Conditions Precedent. 6.1 Buyer's Receipt of Discounted Payoff of that certain Promissory Note dated July 25, 2001, wherein Stardust Structured Investments No. 4, LLC as the Debtor and Ussery Accounting Services, LLC for the benefit of Buyers as the Payee. 6.2 Close of escrow for the property being sold herein, wherein American Sand and Rock, Inc. is the Seller and Seller is the Purchaser in Escrow Number 02-00066-02 at Westland Title Agency of Arizona. 6.3 Seller and Buyer executing the Triple Net Lease on an undivided interest of Industrial Land and Building for the Subject property. 6.4 Seller and Buyer executing a Deed of Trust on Seller's interest in certain mining claims located at the Black Canyon Mica Mine, situated on the borders of Maricopa and Yavapai Counties, Arizona.

6.5 Seller and Buyer executing a Repurchase Option for the benefit of Seller. 6.6 Seller and Buyer executing a Sale Option for the benefit of Buyer. 6.7 Execution of a Co-Tenancy Agreement between Seller and Buyer. 6.8 Seller's delivery to Buyer of a Common Stock Purchase Warrant for 2,550,000 shares of common stock. 6.9 Seller shall provide to Buyer a Certified Resolution that all actions of Seller, its shareholders or its Board of Directors necessary to authorize the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, have been taken and that the Officer who executes this Agreement is duly and properly authorized to do so on behalf of Seller. In the event that any of the foregoing conditions precedent is not satisfied by the party responsible for satisfying it and is not waived by the other party, the other party shall have the right to terminate this Agreement effective immediately upon notice to the party who did not satisfy the condition precedent and to the Escrow Agent. 7. Possession by Buyer. Possession of the undivided interest in the Real Property shall be delivered to Buyer upon the Close of Escrow. Prior to Close of Escrow, all risk of loss and damage to the Real Property from whatever source or cause shall be the sole responsibility of Seller. 8. Plans and Environmental Report. Within three (3) days of executing this Agreement, Seller shall deliver to Buyer a copy of each environmental report, survey, plan, or other architectural renderings performed on the Real Property which is in Seller's possession. These reports are supplied to Buyer as a courtesy, and Seller makes no warranty or representation as to their accuracy or completeness or as to Buyer's ability to rely thereon. Seller recommends that Buyer conduct its own independent evaluation of the accuracy of any environmental report, survey, plan, or other architectural renderings supplied to Buyer by Seller. 9. Inspection and Information. 9.1 Independent Inspection. Buyer acknowledges that it has independently inspected the Real Property and has made and entered into this Agreement based upon its own inspection and its own examination of the condition of the Real Property. 9.2 Information. Buyer acknowledges that any and all real property tax information, engineering data, feasibility or marketing reports, soil reports, or other information of whatever type Buyer has received or may receive from Seller or its agents is furnished on the express condition that Buyer shall make its own independent verification of the accuracy of such information. Buyer agrees that it shall not attempt to assert any liability against Seller or its agents for furnishing this information, and Buyer hereby covenants and agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Seller and its agents from any and all such claims of liability.

9.3 No Warranties. No person acting on behalf of Seller or Buyer is authorized to make, and Seller and Buyer acknowledge that neither Seller nor Buyer has made, any warranty, representation, guarantee, or promise, except as set forth herein and in the documents described in Article 6. No agreement, statement, representation, or promise made by Seller or Buyer which is not contained herein or in the documents described in Article 6, shall be valid or binding upon Seller or Buyer. The only representations or warranties with the respect to the subject matter of this transaction, either express or implied by law, are set forth herein and in the documents described in Article 6, and Buyer and Seller each waive any right to any warranty implied by law. 10. Remedies. 10.1 Seller's Remedies. If Buyer defaults in Buyer's obligation to purchase the Real Property within the time and in the manner prescribed in this Agreement, Seller shall be released from all obligations in law and in equity to convey the Real Property to Buyer. Seller and Buyer agree that it would be impractical or extremely difficult to fix the actual damages suffered by Seller as a result of Buyer's default, that all deposit money paid under Paragraph 4 above constitutes a reasonable estimate of Seller's damages in the event of Buyer's default, and that all deposit money paid under Paragraph 4 above shall be paid to and retained by Seller as liquidated damages in the event of Buyer's default. Seller shall additionally have the right to file suit in law or in equity against Buyer for Buyer's default. 10.2 Buyer's Remedies. If Seller defaults in Seller's obligation to sell the Real Property within the time and in the manner prescribed in this Agreement, Buyer's sole and exclusive remedy is either to (i) cancel and terminate this Agreement, whereupon the Earnest Money shall be repaid to Buyer, and Buyer shall be released from all obligations in law and in equity to purchase the Real Property from Seller, or (ii) enforce specific performance of this Agreement. 11. Notices. All notices or other communications made pursuant to this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed properly delivered, given, or served when either (i) personally delivered against a signed receipt of delivery, (ii) mailed by certified mail or registered mail, postage prepaid, (iii) sent via reputable overnight delivery carrier, such as FedEx, or (iv) sent via facsimile transmission to the parties as follows:
To Seller: AZCO Mining, Inc. Attention: Lawrence Olson 7239 North El Mirage Road Glendale, AZ 85307 Facsimile: (623) 935-0781 Moore & Benham, PLC Attention: James Benham, Esq. 1144 East Jefferson Phoenix, Arizona 85034 Facsimile: (602) 262-2943 Muzz Investments, LLC Attention: Michael S. Musulin 13125 North 75th Place Scottsdale, Arizona 85260 Facsimile: (480) 348-7459 Ussery Accounting Services, LLC C/O Bessie Ussery 1144 East Jefferson Phoenix, Arizona 85034 Facsimile: (602) 262-2943

With a copy to:

To Buyer:

With a copy to:

All notices so given shall be deemed effective upon receipt or rejection at the address of addressee if sent in accordance with this (i), (ii), or (iii) of this paragraph or upon transmission if sent in accordance with (iv) of this paragraph. Either party may change its address or facsimile number for the purpose of this paragraph by giving the other party three days' written notice of the change in the manner provided by this paragraph. 12. Real Estate Broker. Buyer represents and warrants that its Member and Manager, Michael S. Musulin, is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Arizona. Seller represents and warrants that it has not used a broker or realtor in connection with this transaction. Each party hereby indemnifies the other and shall hold the other harmless from and against any claims arising from the breach of any warranty or representation of this paragraph. 13. Assignments and Binding Effect. Buyer intends that the Deed be issued to Muzz Investments, LLC as replacement property in a Section 1031 Exchange. Other than the Assignment to Muzz Investments, Buyer shall not assign this Agreement or any interest herein without Seller's written consent, which consent shall not be withheld unreasonably. If Seller consents to an assignment by Buyer, Buyer shall sell, assign, and transfer to Assignee all of Buyer's right, title, and interest to and in this Agreement. Assignee, by executing an assignment approved by Seller, accepts all of Buyer's interest in this Agreement and agrees to perform all of Buyer's obligations according to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. This Agreement is binding upon and inure to the benefit of the heirs, executors, administrators, successors, and assigns of the parties. Notwithstanding the above, Buyer may assign this Agreement at any time and without Seller's consent to an entity owned or controlled by Buyer. 14. Entire Agreement. Subject to the conditions precedent set forth in Article 6 of this Agreement, this instrument constitutes the entire agreement between the parties. Neither party shall be bound by any terms, conditions, statements, or representations, oral or written, not herein contained. Each party hereby acknowledges that in executing this Agreement, he or it has not been induced, persuaded, or motivated by any promise or representation made by the other party, unless expressly set forth herein. All previous negotiations, statements and preliminary instruments by the parties or their representatives are merged in this Agreement. 15. Amendments. This Agreement may be amended only by a written document signed by each party to this Agreement. 16. Further Documents. Seller and Buyer shall expeditiously, diligently and with good faith take such steps as are necessary to consummate the transaction contemplated herein with all due haste and will fully cooperate and assist each other in such matters as the context hereof dictates. Further, the parties themselves or through and by their agents, shall execute and deliver any and all further documents required to Close Escrow. 17. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in counterpart, each of which shall be deemed an original but all of which together shall constitute one Agreement. 18. Severability. Should any term, part, or provision of this Agreement or any document required herein to be executed or delivered at Closing be declared void, invalid, or unenforceable by any Court of competent jurisdiction, all remaining terms, parts, or provisions shall remain valid and enforceable. 19. Time is of the Essence. Except as otherwise specifically stated in this Agreement, the parties agree and acknowledge that time is of the essence in each and every provision of this Agreement. 20. Survival. The provisions of this Agreement survive the Close of Escrow. 21. Exhibits. All exhibits and schedules attached hereto or referred to herein are incorporated herein by this reference and made a part of this Agreement as if set forth fully in the body of this Agreement. 22. Applicable Law. This Agreement shall be construed under and subject to the laws in effect in the State of Arizona.

23. Interpretations. 23.1 Construction. The parties agree and acknowledge that each party and its counsel have negotiated, reviewed, and revised this Agreement and that any rule that ambiguities in the Agreement be construed against the drafting party shall not apply in the interpretation of this Agreement or any amendments, exhibits, or schedules hereto. 23.2 Interpretation. In this Agreement, the neuter gender includes the masculine and the feminine, and the singular number includes the plural, and the words "person" and "party" include corporation, partnership, individual, form, trust, or association wherever the context so requires. 23.3 Recitals and Captions. The recitals and captions of the paragraphs and subparagraphs of this Agreement are for the convenience and reference of the parties only, and the words contained therein shall in no way be held to explain, modify, amplify, or aid in the interpretation or construction of the provisions of this Agreement. 24. No Recordation. Seller and Buyer agree that this Agreement shall not be recorded, but that a memorandum of this Agreement may be recorded at the request of any party. 25. Condition of Property. From the Opening of Escrow until the Close of Escrow, Seller shall refrain from further encumbering, licensing, granting any easements, rights of way, or other encroachments or contracting to do so, provided, however, that Seller may be allowed to engage in this activity with the written consent of Buyer, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld. 26. Escrow Instructions. This Agreement shall constitute the Escrow Agent's instructions. 27. Legal Representation and Attorneys Fees. It is hereby acknowledged by all parties to this Agreement that this Agreement is being prepared by the law firm of Moore & Benham, P.L.C., on behalf of the Seller. Seller shall be responsible for paying any and all legal fees related to this transaction to Moore & Benham, P.L.C. Inasmuch as Moore & Benham, P.L.C. has performed legal services for Buyer on other, unrelated matters, Buyer consents to Moore & Benham, P.L.C. representing only the Seller in this matter and waives any and all real or potential conflicts of interest. Buyer has been informed and is aware and acknowledges that it has been advised that it has every legal right to seek its own independent counsel and has had the opportunity to do so. In the event of any litigation between the parties hereto to enforce any provision or right arising herein, the unsuccessful party in such litigation, as determined by the Court, agrees to pay the successful party, as determined by the Court, all costs and expenses, including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys fees incurred by the successful party, which fee is to be determined by the Court.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Agreement was executed by the parties on the dates set forth below.
SELLER: AZCO MINING, INC., a Delaware LLC, an Arizona limited liability company By:____________________________ Ryan A. Modesto, Secretary Date: ______________ BUYER: Ussery Accounting Services, corporation f/b/o Muzz Investments, LLC, an Arizona limited liability company By:_________________________________ Bessie R. Ussery, Manager Date: ______________

APPROVED:

APPROVED: MUZZ INVESTMENTS, LLC

By:______________________________ By: ________________________________ Lawrence G. Olson, President Michael S. Musulin, Manager

TRIPLE NET LEASE OF INDUSTRIAL LAND AND BUILDING Effective Date: January 17, 2002 Effective Place of Execution: Glendale, Arizona
Lessor: Muzz Investments, L.L.C., an Arizona limited liability company 13125 North 75th Place Scottsdale, Arizona 85260 AZCO Mining, Inc., a Delaware corporation 7239 North El Mirage Road Glendale, Arizona 85307 Industrial land and improvements thereon located at 7239 North

Lessee:

Leased Premises:

El Mirage Road, Glendale, Arizona 85307. The Leasehold Interest shall consist of an undivided 40% interest of approximately five acres of land and the building at the subject site. PART ONE SPECIFIC PROVISIONS FOR THE LEASE 1.1 Consideration. For valuable consideration Lessor leases to Lessee the Lessor's undivided interest in the Leased Premises, with all improvements described above according to the terms hereinafter set forth, a copy of which Lessee acknowledges receipt. 1.2 Term of Lease. This lease shall be in effect for a period of ten (10) years commencing January 17, 2002 or until the exercise of either the option granted in the Re-Purchase Option Agreement dated January 17, 2002 between Lessor and Lessee or the exercise of the option granted in the Property Sale Option Agreement dated January 17, 2002 between Lessor and Lessee. 1.3 Rent for Lease. Rent shall be paid monthly on or before the same day of each month as of the lease commencement date. For the first six (6) months of the term of the lease commencing at the time Lessee executes this lease, Lessee shall pay monthly the sum of Thirty Thousand and 00/100 ($30,000.00) to the order of Lessor, Muzz Investments, L.L.C. For the second six (6) months of the lease term commencing July 17, 2002, Lessee shall pay monthly the sum of Thirty-Seven Thousand Five Hundred Fifty and 00/100 ($37,500.00) to the order of Lessor. Commencing January 17, 2003 and continuing for the duration of the lease, Lessee shall pay monthly the sum of Forty Five Thousand and 00/100 ($45,000.00) to the order of Lessor. As Additional Rents due, which Additional Rents shall consist of any real property or personal property tax not timely paid by the Lessee and which are paid by Lessor, and the cost of Fire and Casualty Insurance, trash removal, water, gas, electric and other utilities; repairs and maintenance or other expenses paid by Lessor for which Lessee is liable and has not timely paid; plus late payment penalty of five (5%) percent of each monthly payment when the payment is made more than ten (10) days after it is due.

1.4 Costs of Fire, Loss of Rents, and Casualty Insurance. Because this is a triple net lease, Lessor shall have no duty to pay, process, or otherwise deal with fire, loss of rents, and casualty insurance. Lessee shall provide fire, loss of rents, and casualty insurance as provided in Paragraph 1.15 (Provisions of Fire, Loss of Rents, and Casualty Insurance). Lessor may pay the same on Lessee's behalf, and Lessee shall reimburse Lessor for the same forthwith. Lessee shall save and hold Lessor harmless on account of any of these premiums. Lessee shall pay Lessor interest at the rate of eighteen (18%) percent per annum on any monies that Lessor may advance on behalf of Lessee until these monies are repaid. 1.5 Costs of Taxes and Assessments. Because this is a triple net lease, Lessee shall be responsible for all taxes and assessments levied against the real property, improvements thereon and personal property contained therein and all other taxes and assessments which may relate to the real property, improvements or personal property contained therein and all increases related to all of these. Lessor may pay the same on Lessee's behalf, and Lessee shall reimburse Lessor for the same forthwith. Lessee shall save and hold Lessor harmless on account of any of these taxes and assessments. Lessee shall pay Lessor the sum of eighteen (18%) per annum as interest on any monies that Lessor may advance on behalf of Lessee until these monies are repaid. If, at any time during the term of this lease, the method or scope of taxation prevailing at the commencement of the lease term shall be altered, modified or enlarged so as to cause the method of taxation to be changed, in whole or in part, so that in substitution for the real estate taxes now assessed there may be, in whole or in part, a capital levy or other imposition based on the value of the Leased Premises, or the rents received therefrom, or some other form of assessment based in whole or in part on some other valuation of the Lessor's real property comprising the demised Premises, then and in such event, such substituted tax or imposition shall be payable and discharged by the Lessee in the manner required pursuant to such law promulgated which shall authorize such change in the scope of taxation, and as required by the terms and conditions of the within lease. Nothing in this lease contained shall require the Lessee to pay any franchise, estate, inheritance, succession, capital levy or transfer tax of the Lessor, or Federal Income Tax, State Income Tax, or excess profits or revenue tax, unless such taxes are in substitution for real property taxes as a result of such change in the manner and scope of taxation. 1.6 Sales and Transaction Tax. In addition, Lessee shall be responsible for sales and transaction taxes levied or assessed by any State, County, City, District or governmental agency on the rental transaction. 1.7 Security. Lessee shall not be responsible for making any security deposit payment. However, Lessee's obligations under this Lease shall be secured by a Deed of Trust on the Black Canyon Mica Mine, situated on the borders of Maricopa and Yavapai Counties, Arizona. 1.8 Place of Paying Rent. Lessee shall pay rent to the address of Lessor as designated on page one of this lease, or to any other address of which Lessor gives written notice to Lessee. 1.9 Lessee Pays All Expenses. This lease shall in all respects be treated as a triple net lease with all costs and expenses paid by Lessee, including, but not limited to, real and personal property taxes; fire, casualty, theft, and liability insurance; trash removal; water, gas, electricity and other utilities; repairs and maintenance of all portions of the Premises, interior and exterior, and all improvements. 1.10 Maximum legal Interest. (This provision is omitted) 1.11 Provisions of Fire and Casualty Insurance Policies. Lessee shall continually keep in force, during the term of this lease and during any extension or renewal thereof, fire and extended coverage insurance in an amount of no less than the full replacement cost of the Leased Premises, naming the Lessor as an additional insured therein. Said policy shall contain a provision that in the event the Lessee fails to make a timely premium payment on the policy, the insured shall give Lessor notice of such default in payment, which notice shall be sent to Lessor not less than fifteen 15) days prior to any cancellation of the policy by the insurer. Lessee shall deliver to Lessor a copy of the policy evidencing that Lessor is an insured thereunder and that the notice provision before set forth in contained therein. Furthermore Lessee shall deliver to Lessor evidence that the premiums are paid when due and that the policy is in full force and effect. Lessee shall provide fire insurance protection on Lessee's stock in trade, furniture, fixtures and other property within the Leased Premises, in an amount equal to the full insurable value thereof, and promises that any insurance coverage in this regard will contain a waiver of the insurer's right of

subrogation against Lessor.

1.12 Waiver of Subrogation on Casualty Insurance. Lessor hereby releases Lessee, to the extent of its insurance coverage, from any and all liability for any loss or damage caused by fire or any of the extended coverage casualties, notwithstanding such fire or other casualty shall be due to the fault or negligence of Lessee or its agents, provided, however, this release shall be in force and effect only with respect to loss or damage occurring during such time as Lessor's policies of fire and extended coverage insurance shall contain a clause to the effect that this release shall not affect such policies or the right of Lessor to recover thereunder. Lessee shall promptly deliver to Lessor the original, or originals, or true and exact copies of any and all such policies of insurance. Lessee shall not carry any stock of goods or do or omit to do any act in or about the Leased Premises which will in any way impair or invalidate the obligation of any policy of insurance on or in reference to the Leased Premises. The parties shall use good faith efforts to have any and all, extended coverage, or any and all material damage insurance which may be carried endorsed with the following subrogation clause: This insurance shall not be invalid should the insured waive in writing, prior to a loss, any and all right of the coverage against any party for loss occurring to the property described herein. Lessor and Lessee mutually agree that any right of subrogation afforded the insurance carriers of their respective property insurance policies relative to real or personal property situated in or on the Leased Premises is waived; and the parties undertake to give their respective insurance carriers notice of this waiver. 1.13 Liability Insurance. Lessee shall, at its own cost and expense, during the term of this lease, procure and maintain in force policies of liability insurance, with Lessor as an additional assured thereunder, insuring Lessee and Lessor to the amount of $2,000,000.00 against any loss or damage, or any claim thereof, resulting from injury to or the death of any one person, and to the amount of $2,000,000.00 against any loss of accident, as the result of or by reason of the ownership by Lessor of the Leased Premises, parking lot, and adjacent areas owned by Lessor, and the use and occupancy thereof by Lessee; and to procure and maintain in full force and effect, during the term herein specified, a policy or policies of insurance, with Lessor as an additional assured thereunder, in an amount not less than $2,000,000.00 insuring Lessor against any loss or damage or any claim thereof resulting from the damage to or destruction of any property belonging to any person or persons whomsoever, as a result or by reason of the ownership by Lessor of the Leased Premises, and the use and occupancy thereof by Lessee. Lessee shall promptly deliver to Lessor the original or originals, or a true and exact copy of any and all such policy or policies of insurance. All policies shall contain a written objection of the insurer to notify Lessor in writing at least fifteen (15) days prior to any cancellation thereof. 1.14 Non-Liability of Lessor. Lessor shall not be liable for any damage occasioned by failure to keep the Premises in repair, and shall not be liable for any damage done or occasioned by or from plumbing, gas, water, steam, or other pipes, tanks, washstand, water closet or wastepipe, in, above, upon or about the Premises, nor for damage occasioned by water being upon or coming through the roof, skylight, trap-door, or otherwise, or of any owners or occupants of adjacent or contiguous property. Lessee shall be responsible for all damage occasioned by the above-referred to matters.

1.15 Indemnification. Lessor shall not be responsible for any loss, theft, or damage to property or injury to or death of Lessee or any person on or about the Leased Premises, and Lessee agrees to indemnify and hold Lessor harmless therefrom unless it was caused or resulted from the negligent or willful acts of Lessor. Lessee shall indemnify and hold Lessor harmless during the term of this lease, and during any extension or renewal thereof, from and against any and all claims, suits, actions, demands and judgments arising out of an event or events occurring after the commencement of the primary term hereof, including all cost, expenses and attorneys' fees, when the proximate cause of such injury to person or damage to property was not the negligence of Lessor or the negligence of an agent or employee of Lessor or of Lessor's successor. Lessee agrees not to make any claim against Lessor, and it will hold Lessor harmless therefrom, for any loss or damage to any personal property belonging to Lessee, and it will hold Lessor harmless therefrom, for any loss or damage to any personal property belonging to Lessee or any of its guests, customers, or occupants, or for any injuries to Lessee or any of its guests, customers, or occupants unless such loss or damage was caused or resulted from the negligent or willful conduct of Lessor. 1.16 Renewal. This provision is omitted. 1.17 Use by Lessee. The Premises shall be used for a reasonable office, warehousing, Industrial or industrial use which use is specifically described as: mineral processing and any other use allowable by the City of Glendale zoning code for this site. 1.18 Tax on Property of Lessor. Lessee shall pay when due all taxes and assessments levied and assessed upon or against the Leased Premises during the term of this lease, and Lessee shall deliver to Lessor evidence of such timely payment. 1.19 Tax on Property of Lessee. Lessee shall pay or cause to be paid when due throughout the primary term of this lease and any renewals or extensions thereof, all taxes on any and all personal property owned by Lessee and Lessor and situated upon the Leased Premises. If Lessee fails to pay the taxes levied upon or against its property as aforesaid when due and payable, Lessor may pay the same on Lessee's behalf, and Lessee shall reimburse Lessor for the same forthwith. Lessee shall indemnify, save and hold Lessor harmless on account of any of these taxes. Lessee shall pay Lessor interest at the rate of eighteen (18%) per annum on any monies that Lessor may advance on behalf of Lessee until these monies are repaid. 1.20 Maintenance of Building Heating and Cooling. Except for the initial construction installation and the warranties attendant thereto, Lessee shall at its own expense be responsible for the care, maintenance and replacement of all air conditioning, coolers, and heating equipment and parts thereof serving the Leased Premises. PART TWO GENERAL PROVISIONS 2.1 Quiet Possession. Lessor agrees that Lessee, on paying the rentals and on performing all terms of this lease, shall and may peaceably and quietly have, hold and enjoy the Leased Premises during the term of this lease. 2.2 Use of Premises. Upon occupancy Lessee has examined and knows the condition of the Leased Premises, and has received the same in good order and repair, and agrees; a. To use these Premises for reasonable use as set forth in Section 1.17, which do not materially damage the Leased Premises. b. To surrender possession of these Premises at the expiration of this lease without further notice to quit, is as good condition as reasonable and careful use will permit. c. To keep the Premises in good condition and repair at its own expense and not to commit or permit any waste or nuisance. d. Not to use the Leased Premises for living quarters or residence. e. Not to make any unlawful, immoral or improper use of the Leased Premises, or any use or occupancy thereof contrary to law or contrary to any directions, rules, regulations, regulatory bodies, or officials having jurisdiction thereof or which shall be injurious to any person or property. 2.3 Repairs, Maintenance and Alterations by Lessee. The Lessee has promised that the Leased Premises shall at all times be kept in good order, condition and repair by Lessee, at its own expense and in accordance with all laws, directions, rules and regulations of regulatory bodies or officials having jurisdiction.

If Lessee refuses or neglects to commence repairs within thirty (30) days after receipt of written demand from Lessor, or adequately to complete such repairs without liability to Lessor for any loss or damage that may accrue to Lessee's stock or business by reason thereof, and if Lessor shall make such repairs, Lessee shall pay to lessor, on demand, as additional rent, the costs thereof with interest at the interest at the rate of eighteen (18%) per annum from the date of commencement of those repairs. Lessee shall make no changes, improvements, alterations, or additions to the Leased Premises unless such changes, improvements, alterations, or additions: (a) are first approved in writing by Lessor; (b) are not in violation of restrictions placed thereon by the institution, entity or person financing the construction of the building; and (c) will not materially alter the character of such Premises and will not substantially lessen the value thereof. Lessor may not unreasonably withhold approval, and it there is a dispute as to reasonableness, it shall be determined by arbitration. If structural alterations become necessary because of the application to the business carried on by Lessee of any law, ordinance, rule or regulation of any regulatory body, or because of any act or default on the part of Lessee, or because Lessee has overloaded any electrical or other facility Lessee shall make such structural alternations at its own cost and expense, after first obtaining Lessor's written approval of plans specifications and furnishing such indemnification against liens, costs, damages and expenses as Lessor may reasonably require. Lessee may place partitions and fixture (including light fixtures) and make improvements and other alterations in the interior of the Leased Premises at its own expense. These improvements of alterations installed or made by Lessee, other than those of a structural nature, shall remain the property of the Lessee provided, however, that prior to commencing any such work Lessee shall first obtain the written consent of Lessor to the proposed work. 2.4 Mechanics' and other Liens Imposed by Lessee. Lessee shall keep the Leased Premises and the improvements thereon at all times during the term hereof free of mechanics' and materialmen's liens and other liens of like nature, other than liens created and claimed by reason of any work done by or at the instance of Lessor, and at all times shall fully protect and indemnify Lessor against all such liens or claims and against all attorneys' fees and other costs and expenses growing out of or incurred by reason or on account of any such liens or claims. Should Lessee fail to fully discharge any such lien or claim within ten (10) days of Lessor's written demand thereof, Lessor at its option may pay the same or any part thereof, Lessor to be the sole judge of the validity of such lien or claim, and Lessee shall immediately reimburse Lessor for such payment. All amounts so paid by Lessor, together with interest thereon at eighteen (18%) per annum from the time of payment by Lessor until repayment by Lessee, shall be paid by Lessee upon demand, and it not so paid, shall continue to bear interest at the aforesaid rate until paid as additional rent.

2.5 No Signs Without Approval of Lessor. Provision omitted. 2.6 No Exterior Paint Without Lessor Approval. Provision omitted. 2.7 Trash Control. Lessee shall provide and maintain sanitary and rat-proof receptacles with covers at or about the Leased Premises in which to place any and all refuse or trash, and to place this refuse and trash in receptacles. Lessee shall make Lessee's own arrangements and pay for garbage and trash pick-up service on or from the Leased Premises, and shall not permit to accumulate and remain on the Premises except during reasonable intervals between pick-up service. 2.8 Public Walkway Maintenance. At all times, Lessee shall keep any public walkway adjacent to the Leased Premises clean and in a sightly and sanitary condition. 2.9 Replacement of Glass. At Lessee's own cost and expense, Lessee shall replace all glass in, upon or about the Leased Premises that shall be broken during the term herein specified unless caused by Lessor, an agent or employee of Lessor, or Lessor's successor. 2.10 Right of Re-Entry. Lessor shall have the right, by itself or agent or with others, to enter the Premises at reasonable hours to examine or exhibit the Premises, or to make such repairs and alterations as shall be deemed necessary for the safety and preservation of the building, to inspect and examine, to post such notice as Lessor may deem necessary to protect Lessor against Loss from liens of laborers, materialmen or others, and for the purpose of permitting or facilitating Lessor's performance of its obligations hereunder, or for any other reasonable purpose which does not materially diminish Lessee's enjoyment or use of the Leased Premises. Lessee expressly waives any claim for damages, including loss of business, resulting from Lessor's entry, from the erecting of scaffolding or other structures to facilitate repairs, or from Lessor's other reasonable activities for the purpose of altering, improving, or repairing the Leased Premises in conformity herewith. 2.11 Assignment or Sub-Letting. No assignment, sublease or sale of this lease or any interest therein may be made by Lessee without the written consent of Lessor having first been obtained thereto, which consent Lessor shall not unreasonable withhold. If there is a dispute as to whether Lessor has a valid reason for withholding consent, it shall be determined by arbitration. Any attempted assignment, sublease or sale of this lease or any interest therein shall be null and void and have no effect unless such consent shall have been obtained. Any Assignment by operation of law shall be subject to the same conditions and restrictions as an assignment by Lessee. If such consent is given by Lessor, any and all subleases shall be responsible Lessees, and Lessee shall not be relieved of any liability hereunder by Lessee's assignment, vacation or subletting thereof.

It is agreed that one of the conditions moving Lessor to make this lease is the personal confidence reposed by it in Lessee, combined with the belief that Lessee will be a Lessee and occupant satisfactory to Lessor. Nothing herein shall prevent the Lessor from assigning its interest under this lease, provided, however, that any assignee shall be subject to the same obligations and duties as the original Lessor. 2.12 Right of Lessor to Pay Obligations of Lessee to Others. If Lessee shall fail or refuse to pay any sums due to be paid by it under the provisions of this lease, or fail or refuse to maintain the Leased Premises or any part thereof as herein provided, then, and in such event, Lessor, after fifteen (15) days' notice in writing by Lessor to Lessee, shall have the right to pay any such sum or sums due to be paid by Lessee and to do and perform any work necessary to the proper maintenance of the Leased Premises, and the amount of such sum or sums paid by Lessor for the account of Lessee and the cost of any such work, together with interest thereon at the rate of eighteen (18%) per annum from the date of payment. The payment by Lessor of any such sum or sums or the performance by Lessor of any such work shall be prima facie evidence of the necessity therefor. 2.13 Surrender and Return of Leased Premises. On the last day of the term hereby created or on the sooner termination thereof, Lessee shall peaceably surrender the Leased Premises in good order, condition and repair, "broom clean" - fire and other unavoidable casualty, reasonable wear and tear only excepted. On or before the last day of the term hereby created or on the sooner termination thereof, Lessee shall, at its expense, remove its trade fixtures, signs and carpeting from the Leased Premises and any property not removed shall be deemed abandoned. All alterations, additions, improvements and fixtures (other than Lessee's trade fixtures, signs and carpeting) which shall have been made or installed by either Lessor or Lessee upon the Leased Premises and all hard surface bonded or adhesively affixed flooring shall, without charge, remain upon and be surrendered with the Leased Premises as a part thereof, without disturbance, molestation or injury. It the Leased Premises be not surrendered on the last day of the term hereby created or on the sooner termination thereof, Lessee shall indemnify Lessor against Loss or liability resulting from delay in Lessee in so surrendering the Premises, including, without limitation, claims made by any succeeding Lessee founded on such delay. Lessee shall promptly surrender all keys for the Leased Premises, at the place then fixed for payment of rent and shall inform Lessor of combinations on any locks and safes on the Leased Premises. 2.14 Event of Default. Each of the following shall be deemed an Event of Default: a. Default in the payment or rent or other payments hereunder. b. If Lessee shall default in the performance or observance of any covenant or condition of this lease by the Lessee to be performed or observed following the expiration of the period of 10 days giving notice of such default or defaults or failure to Lessee by Lessor. c. Abandonment of the Premises. d. The filing or execution or occurrence of: (1) A petition in bankruptcy by or against Lessee.

(2) A petition or answer seeking a reorganization, arrangement, composition, readjustment, liquidation, dissolution or other relief of the same or different kind under any provision of the Bankruptcy Act. (3) Adjudication of Lessee as a bankrupt or insolvent; or insolvency in he bankruptcy equity sense. (4) An assignment for the benefit of creditors whether by trust, mortgage, or otherwise. (5) A petition or other proceeding by or against Lessee for, or the appointment of, a trustee, receiver, guardian, conservator or liquidator of Lessee with respect to all or substantially all its property. (6) A petition or other proceeding by or against Lessee for its dissolution or liquidation, or the taking of possession of the property of the Lessee by any governmental authority in connection with dissolution or liquidation. (7) The taking by any person of the leasehold created hereby or any part thereof upon execution, attachment, or other process of law or equity. 2.15 Fair Notice of Default. The parties are desirous of giving one another fair notice of any default before sanctions are imposed. In the event of an act of default with respect to any provision of this lease, except for the payment of rent, neither party can institute legal action with respect to such default without first complying with the following conditions: a. Notice of such event of default must be in writing and mailed to the other party by U.S. Certified Mail, return receipt requested; b. Such written notice shall set forth the nature of the alleged default in the performance of the terms of this lease and shall designate the specific paragraph(s) therein which relate to the alleged act of default; c. Such notice shall also contain a reasonably understandable description of the action to be taken or performed by the other party in order to cure the alleged default and the date by which the default must be remedied, which date can be not less than ten business days from the date of mailing the notice of default. 2.16 Defaults by Lessee. In the event the Lessee commits one of the events of default, and after fair notice of default has been given as required, in addition to any or all other rights or remedies of Lessor hereunder and by the law provided, Lessor shall have, at its option and without further notice or demand of any king to Lessee or any person: a. The right to declare the leased term ended and to reenter and take possession of the Premises and remove all persons therefrom, and Lessee shall have no further claim thereon or hereunder; b. The right, without declaring this lease ended, to reenter the Premises and occupy or lease the whole or any part thereof for and on account of Lessee, and upon such terms and conditions, and for such rent as Lessor may deem proper, and to collect said rent any other rent that may thereafter become payable, and apply the same toward the amount due or hereafter to become due from Lessee, and on account of such expense of such subletting and other damages sustained by Lessor; and should such rental be less than that herein agreed to be paid by Lessee, Lessee agrees to pay such deficiency to Lessor in advance on the first (1st)) day of each month and to pay to the Lessor forthwith, upon any such re-letting, the cost and expenses Lessor may incur by reason thereof and should such rental be more than that herein agreed to be paid by Lessee, Lessor shall hold said sum interest free to be applied to future damages; c. The right, even though it may have relet the Premises, hereafter to elect to terminate this lease and all of the rights to Lessee in or to the Premises. d. Any and all rights as set forth in the Deed of Trust on the Black Canyon Mica Mine, which Deed of Trust is referred to in Section 1.7 hereinabove.

As used in this lease with respect to the Premises, the terms "vacate" and "abandoned" shall be deemed to include, without limiting the broadest meaning of those terms, the failure of Lessee to be open for business in the Premises for a period of fifteen (15) consecutive business days, unless such failure is excused or permitted under the expressed terms of this lease. Should Lessor ever re-let the Premises under the provisions of Sub-paragraph (b) above, "it may execute any such lease in its own name, and the Lessee therein named shall be under no obligation, whatsoever, to see to the application by landlord of any rent collected by Lessor from such Lessee, nor shall Lessee have any right or authority whatever to collect any rent from such Lessee. Lessor shall not be deemed to have terminated this lease or the liability of Lessee to pay rent thereafter to accrue, or Lessee's liability for damages under any other provisions hereof by any such reentry or by any action in unlawful detainer or otherwise to obtain possession of the Premises, unless Lessor shall have notified Lessee in writing that it has so elected to terminate this Lease. Nothing herein contained shall be construed as obligating Lessor to re-let the whole or any part of the Premises. In the event of any entry or taking possession of the Premises as aforesaid, Lessor shall have the right, but not the obligation, to remove therefrom all or any part of the personal property located therein and may pace the same as storage at the public warehouse at the expense and risk of the owner or owners thereof. In the event of Lessee's default and Lessor's retaking of possession of the Premises, whether this lease is terminated by Lessor or not, Lessee agrees to pay to Lessor, as an additional item of damages, the cost of repairs, alterations, redecorating, leasing commissions and Lessor's other expenses incurred in re-letting Premises to a new Lessee. The remedies given to Lessor in this provision shall be in addition and supplemental to all other rights or remedies which Lessor may have under the laws of the State of Arizona then enforced. Any breach of Lessee of any covenant or obligation to be performed by it hereunder shall be and shall be deemed to be material and shall give Lessor the right, in addition to all other rights and remedies reserved or granted to Lessor hereunder, to terminate this lease and retake possession in the Premises. The waiver by Lessor of any breach of any term, covenant or condition herein contained shall not be deemed to be a waiver of such term, covenant or condition or any subsequent breach of the same of any term, covenant or condition herein contained. The subsequent acceptance of rent hereunder by the Lessor shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any proceeding breach of Lessee of any term, covenant or condition of this lease, other than the failure to Lessee to pay the particular rental sum accepted, regardless of Lessor's knowledge of such proceeding breach at the time of acceptance of such rent. No covenant, term or condition of this lease shall be deemed to have been waived by Lessor, unless such waiver be in writing signed by Lessor. 2.17 Court Action, Attorney's Fees and Costs. If, upon failure of either party to comply with any of the covenants, conditions, rules or regulations of and in this lease, suit or arbitration should be brought for damages on account thereof, or to enforce the payment of rent herein stipulated, or to recover possession of the Premises, or to enforce any provision hereof, the losing party agrees to pay to the prevailing party reasonable costs and expenses incurred in prosecuting these suits or arbitration, as determined by the court or arbitrator, including attorneys' fees and the value of time lost by the prevailing party or any of its employees in preparing for or participating in any arbitration or litigation in connection therewith. Interest shall accrue on that award at the maximum legal rate on all monetary amounts awarded for principal, interest, attorneys' fees and all other amounts, from the date of that award until paid. 2.18 Operating Costs. All operating expenses of Lessee of whatever nature, are the sole obligation of Lessee. 2.19 Landlord's Lien. Upon the termination of this lease in any of the manners herein provided, or upon default by Lessee under any of the provisions hereof, Lessor may enter the Leased Premises and remove any and all personal property of Lessee and may retain possession of such personal property until all charges of any kind, including rent, storage or damages, shall be paid in full.

It is further agreed that the Lessor shall have a lien on all buildings and improvements based on the demised premises by Lessee and on all fixtures, furniture and inventory kept or used on the premises including any replacements therefore, whether such property is exempt from execution or not, to secure payment of all rents, and all other sums becoming due to Lessor or others under the provisions of this lease and to secure performance of all other obligations of Lessee hereunder. Such lien shall be a first lien superior to any encumbrance created by Lessee on the property or interest covered by this provision. It is further agreed that this provision shall constitute a security agreement under the provisions of the Arizona Commercial Code and it is further agreed that the parties shall execute a financing statement for filing with the appropriate governmental authorities and shall execute any and all other instruments necessary to perfect the lien rights of Lessor hereunder. 2.20 Abandonment. If Lessee shall be in default in the payment of the rental and shall vacate or abandon the Premises or any part thereof (an absence of Lessee therefrom for a period of fifteen (15) days after such default shall be considered such an abandonment thereof, Lessor may, it is so elects, re-enter the Leased Premises and remove the contents and take possession of the Leased Premises and re-let the same or any part thereof, at such rental and upon such terms and conditions as it may deem proper and apply the proceeds thereof, less the expenses, including the usual agent's commission so incurred; upon the amount due from Lessor hereunder and Lessee shall be liable for any deficiency. If Lessor shall take possession of the Premises and relate the same, such reletting shall not operate as a termination of this lease unless Lessor so elects, such election to be evidenced by written notice to Lessee; nor shall such action by Lessor operate as a waiver of any other rights or remedies of Lessor hereunder. 2.21 Holdover. If Lessee shall holdover after the expiration of the term hereof, with the consent of Lessor, express or implied, such tenancy shall be from month to month only, and not a renewal hereof, and Lessee agrees to pay rent at 125% rate of the lease rent in effect prior to the holdover and all other charges as hereinabove provided, and also to comply with all covenants of this lease for the time Lessee holds over. If Lessee shall hold over without the consent of Lessor, express or implied, then Lessee shall be construed to be a Lessee at sufferance at doubt the rent herein provided prorated by the day until possession is returned to Lessor. If Lessee shall hold over with the consent of Lessor, Lessee shall be entitled to possession until Lessor has given Lessee 30 days notice that such month to month tenancy shall be terminated; otherwise, notice is only required as hereinafter provided as notice of default. 2.22 Destruction of Leased Premises. a. In the event the Premises be damaged by fire or other perils covered by a fire and extended coverage insurance which pays Lessor replacement cost thereof the Lessor shall: (1) Within ninety (90) days thereafter and subject to obtaining licenses permits and approvals, commence repair, reconstruction and restoration of Premises and prosecute the same diligently to completion, in which event this lease shall continue in full force and effect; or (2) In the event of a partial or total destruction of the Premises during the last two (2) years of the term hereof, Lessor shall have the option to terminate this lease upon giving notice to Lessee of exercise thereof within sixty (60) days after such destruction. For purposes of this paragraph (ii) "partial destruction" shall be deemed a destruction to the extent of at least thirty-three and one-third percent (33 1/3%) of the Premises as of the date of destruction. b. In the event the Premises shall be damages to any extent whatsoever as a result of any flood, earthquake, active war, nuclear reaction, nuclear radiation or radio active contamination, or from any other casualty not covered by the fire and extended coverage insurance which would pay Lessor the replacement cost of the damaged Premises, Lessor may, within ninety (90) days, following the date of such damage (plus such additional time as may be required to obtain the necessary permits, licenses and approvals), commence repair, reconstruction or restoration of the Premises and to prosecute the same diligently to completion, in which event this lease shall continue in full force and effect, or within said ninety (90) day period elect not to so repair, reconstruct, or restore the Premises, in which event this lease shall cease and terminate. In either such event, Lessor shall give Lessee a notice of its intention within said ninety (90) day period.

c. In the event of any reconstruction or restoration of the Premises by Lessor in accordance with the provisions of this lease, such reconstruction or restoration shall restore the Premises to substantially their condition and immediately prior to the occurrence of the casualty (excluding merchandise, trade fixtures, furnishings, wall coverings, carpeting or floor coverings, drapes, equipment and items of personal property of Lessee located on the Premises). However, such reconstruction and restoration by Lessor shall be only to the extent of Lessor's real property interest with the exception of lease hold improvements. Lessee shall be responsible for the repair and restoration of all of Lessee's lease hold improvements, trade fixtures and other property in, on or about the Premises.

d. Upon any termination in this lease under any of the provisions of this article entitled "Destruction of Leased Premises", each party shall be released thereby without further obligation to the other party coincident with the surrender of possession of the Premises to Lessor, except for items which have theretofore accrued and are then unpaid. e. In the event of repair, reconstruction and restoration as herein provided, the Base Rent shall abate proportionately in relation to the floor area of the Premises rendered untenable by such casualty commencing from the date of destruction and continuing during the period of such repair, reconstruction or restoration. Lessee shall continue the operation of its business in the Premises, during any such period to the extent reasonably practicable from the stand point of prudent business management; and the obligation of Lessee hereunder to pay Additional Rent (i.e. taxes and insurance) shall remain in full force and effect. Lessee shall not be entitled to any compensation and damages from Lessor for loss in the use of the whole or any part of the Premises, and Lessee's personal property or any inconvenience or annoyance occasioned by such damage, repair, reconstruction or restoration. 2.23 Removal of trade fixtures. Lessee shall have the right, upon the expiration of the term of this lease, or at any time during such term if Lessee shall not be in default, to remove from the Leased Premises all fixtures and equipment placed thereon by Lessee, even though permanently affixed to the Leased Premises; provided, however, that Lessee, in effecting removal, shall restore the Leased Premises to a good, safe, sound, orderly and sightly condition. 2.24 Eminent Domain. If the Leased Premises or any part thereof shall be taken by eminent domain, which taking shall render the remainder of the Leased Premises unsuitable for occupancy and use by Lessee for the purpose intended by Lessee, then and in such event, the full current amount payable to the date of taking, or the prorated amount of that month's rent to the taking, shall be paid to Lessor, and this lease shall terminate as of the date of taking. If only a part of the Leased Premises shall be taken by eminent domain, and such taking shall not unduly interfere with the occupancy and use of the Leased Premises for the purpose intended by Lessee, then and in such event, the full amount payable for and upon such taking shall be paid to Lessor, and from and after the date of such taking, only a just and proportionate part of the rentals for the Leased Premises hereby reserved shall be paid by Lessee. Lessee shall have the right to claim and recover from the condemning authority, but not from Lessor, such compensation as may be separately awarded or recoverable by Lessee in Lessee's own right on account of any and all damage to Lessee's leasehold interest, to Lessee's business by reason of the condemnation, and for or on account of any cost or loss to which Lessee might be put in removing Lessee's merchandise, furniture, fixtures, leasehold improvements and equipment. 2.25 Subordination. If Lessor shall desire at any time, and from time to time to secure a loan or loans upon the security of the Leased Premises, then and in such event, Lessee hereby agrees to make and enter into a subordination agreement or agreements with any responsible lending agency that Lessor shall designate, wherein and whereby Lessee's rights, titles and interests in and to the Leased Premises are subordinated to the line of any mortgage or mortgages to be made, executed and delivered by Lessor as security for that loan or loans; provided, however, that the subordination shall be upon the following conditions: a. The execution of the subordination agreement or agreements by Lessor shall impose no personal liability whatsoever upon Lessee. b. Any such mortgage or mortgages shall provide that the mortgagee shall agree to give to Lessee all notices required to be given to Lessor as mortgagor under the terms and conditions of those mortgages, or any loan agreement or agreements, or under the laws of the state where the Leased Premises are situated. c. The mortgage or mortgages shall further provide that in the event of any default on the part of Lessor under the terms and conditions thereof or the obligation secured, Lessee may, at its own election, cure such default, and any amount expended by Lessee in so doing shall be paid by Lessor to Lessee, with interest thereon at the maximum legal rate per annum from the time or times any expenditure or expenditures for such purpose were made, upon demand by Lessee therefor. d. Lessor shall indemnify and hold harmless the Lessee of and from any and all liability, cost or expense to which Lessee may be put by reason of the failure of Lessor to keep and perform any of the covenants and agreements set forth and contained in such mortgage or mortgages and the obligations thereby secured.

2.26 Sale by Lessor. In the event of a sale or conveyance by Lessor of all or part of the Leased Premises, the same shall operate to release Lessor from any future liability upon any of the covenants or conditions, express or implied, herein contained in favor of Lessee, and in such event Lessee agrees to look solely to the responsibility of the successor in interest of Lessor in and to this lease. This lease shall not be affected by any such sale, and Lessee agrees to attorney to the purchaser or assignee. 2.27 Applicable Law. This lease shall be subject to and governed by the laws of the State of Arizona, regardless of the fact that one or more of the parties now is or may become a resident of a different state. 2.28 Assignment of Personal Property Warranties. Provision omitted. 2.29 Prorations. If any prorations are required to be made under the terms of this lease, the prorations shall be made as of the first day of the lease term. 2.30 Environmental Provisions. Lessee represents and warrants to Lessor that Lessee will not generate, store, treat, use, release, or dispose of any hazardous materials on or about the Leased Premises or the Project except in compliance with all environmental laws and any additional conditions imposed by Landlord. Lessee will not release or dispose of any hazardous materials in or on the Leased Premises or the Project without the express written approval of Lessor. Lessee shall obtain, comply with and provide Lessor with copies of all permits required in connection with the generation, storage, treatment, use, release, or disposal of any hazardous materials. Lessee shall not install nor permit to be installed on or in the Leased Premises any substance containing asbestos and determined to be hazardous by any governmental authority or any friable asbestos. If any such substance or any friable asbestos is determined to be in or on the Leased Premises as a result of the actions of Lessee, Lessee shall promptly comply with any applicable environmental laws (which may or may not require removal of the material) at Lessee's expense.

In the event Lessee fails to perform any of its obligations under this Article within thirty (30) days after the giving to Lessee by Lessor of written notice of such failure, or within a reasonable period of time not to exceed ninety (90) days after the giving to Lessee by Lessor of written notice of such failure if, due to the nature of such failure, such failure cannot be cured within a 30-day period but is otherwise susceptible to cure within a reasonable period of time not exceeding ninety (90) days, or within a short period of time if prescribed by any environmental law, then, after expiration of such applicable period of time, Landlord may enter upon the Leased Premises and remove or cause to be removed such hazardous material or otherwise cause compliance with any applicable environmental law, provided, however, that Lessor may enter upon the Leased Premises and remove or cause to be removed such hazardous material or otherwise cause compliance with any applicable environmental law upon written notice to Lessee but prior to the expiration of the applicable time period, if Lessor determines that such action is necessary prior to the expiration of the applicable time period (i) for the preservation or safety of the Leased Premises, or other persons, (ii) to avoid suspension of a necessary service in, or with respect to, the Leased Premises (iii) for the preservation of the lien and grant of any deed of trust granted to any lender with respect to the Leased Premises or the priority of such lien and grant, or (iv) to assure the continued operation of the Leased Premises. The cost of any such removal or compliance shall be immediately due to Lessor upon demand as additional rent. Lessee shall, at Lessee's own expense, comply with all present and hereinafter enacted environmental laws affecting Lessee's activities on the Leased Premises. Lessee shall keep the Leased Premises free of any lien imposed pursuant to any environmental laws, except for any liens being contested by Lessee in good faith and at its own expense by appropriate action or legal proceedings, provided that such actions or proceedings operate to prevent collection thereunder or realization thereon and the sale or forfeiture of the Leased Premises to satisfy the same, and provided further that during such contest Lessee shall, at the option of Landlord, provide security reasonably satisfactory to Landlord assuring the discharge of Lessee's obligations in respect of the lien being contested and any additional interest, charge, penalty, or expense arising from or incurred as a result of such contest. As used herein, the term "hazardous materials" means materials defined as "hazardous waste substances" under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C.ss.9601 et seq.) the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (42 U.S.C.ss.6901 et seq.), the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C.ss.3001 et seq.), the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C.ss. 12151 et seq.), the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C.ss. 7401 et seq.), the Toxic Substances Control Act (15 U.S.C.ss.136 et seq.), the Solid Waste Disposal Act (42 U.S.C.ss.3251 et seq.), and the Arizona Environmental Quality Act, including provisions on water quality control (A.R.S.ss. 49-210 et seq.), air quality (A.R.S.ss.49-401 et seq.), solid waste management (A.R.S.ss.49-701 et seq.), hazardous waste disposal (A.R.S.ss. 49-901 et seq.), and underground storage tank regulation (A.R.S.ss. 49-1001 et seq.) and regulations thereunder and any other laws and regulations now in effect or hereinafter enacted that deal with the regulation or protection of the environment, including the ambient air, ground water, surface water, and land use, including sub-strata land. Lessee shall be responsible for removing from the Leased Premises any hazardous materials put there by Lessee or its agents which either Lessee or Lessor is required by law to remove. In addition, Lessee shall be responsible for restoring the Leased Premises to their condition immediately prior to the time of such required removal. If Landlord is so required to remove any such hazardous materials put there by Lessee or its agents, Landlord shall promptly give notice thereof to Lessee. Lessee shall immediately notify Landlord, both orally and in writing, of any of the following: a. Any emission, spill, release, or discharge into the environment of any hazardous materials. b. Any correspondence or communication to Lessee or its agents regarding the presence or suspected presence of hazardous materials on the Leased Premises or the Project or regarding the application of environmental laws to the Leased Premises, the Project or Lessee's activities on the Leased Premises. c. Lessee's knowledge of any circumstances which could give rise to a claim that Lessee, Landlord, the Leased Premises, or the Project may be in violation of environmental laws. d. Any change in Lessee's activities on the Leased Premises that will change or has the potential to change Lessee's or Landlord's obligations or liabilities under environmental laws.

Lessee shall indemnify and hold harmless Lessor, its employees, and agents for, from and against any and all loss, damage, obligation, penalty, liability, litigation, demand, defense, judgment, suit, proceeding, cost, disbursement, and expense (including, but not limited to, reasonable investigation, remediation, removal, and legal fees and expenses) including, but not limited to, any claim or action for injury, liability, or damage to persons or property, and any and all claims, investigations or actions brought by any person, firm, governmental body, or the environment, the Leased Premises, or the Project, or violation of any environmental law or other statute, ordinance, rule, regulation, judgment, or order of any government or judicial entity, and from and against any contractors, employees, and invitees on the Leased Premises or the Project during the Term of this lease. Lessee's obligations and liabilities under this paragraph shall continue after the expiration or termination of this Lease so long as Landlord bears any liability or responsibility under the environmental laws for any action that occurred on the Leased Premises of the Project during the Term of this Lease. Lessee's failure to abide by the terms of this paragraph shall be restrainable by injunction. PART THREE ADDITIONAL LEASE PROVISIONS 3.1 Nature of Relationship Between Parties. The sole relationship between the parties created by this agreement is that of lessor and lessee. Nothing contained in this lease shall be deemed, held, or construed as creating a joint venture or partnership between the parties. 3.2 Notices. Copies of all notices and communications concerning this lease shall be mailed to the parties at the addresses written on page one of this lease, and any change of address shall be communicated to the other party in writing any documents which may adversely affect the rights of any party to this lease shall be dispatched by certified mail, return receipt requested. For all documents mailed to persons in the continental United States, the timer period on all notices shall begin running on the day following the date that the document is postmarked. For documents mailed to persons outside the continental United States, the time period begins to run on the date that the document is received by the other party. 3.3 Provisions of Lease. Each term and each provision of this lease to be performed by Lessee shall be construed to be both a covenant and a condition. 3.4 Entire Agreement. The terms of this document constitute the entire agreement between the parties, and the parties represent that there are no collateral agreements or side agreements not otherwise provided for within the terms of this agreement. 3.5 Interpretation. Whenever any word is used in this agreement in the masculine gender, it shall also be construed as being used in the feminine and neuter genders, and singular usage shall include the plural and vice versa, all as the context shall require. 3.6 Partial Invalidity. If any provision of the contract is held to be invalid or unenforceable, all the remaining provisions shall nevertheless continue in full force and effect. 3.7 Marginal Headings. The marginal and topical headings of the paragraphs of this agreement are for convenience only, and are not to be considered a part of this agreement or used in determining its content or context. 3.8 Modification. Any modification or amendment of this agreement shall be in writing and shall be executed by all parties. 3.9 Succession of Benefits. The provisions of this agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the parties thereto, their heirs, executors, administrators and permitted assignees. 3.10 Time. Time is of the essence in this agreement for each and every term, condition, covenant and provision. 3.11 Effective Date. This legal instrument has been executed by the parties intending that it be effective on the effective date set forth on the caption page. The parties recognize that they effectuated a meeting of the minds among themselves on that effective date and intended that this instrument take effect on that date even though

because of the exigencies of the modern world, the mechanics of drafting, the convenience of the parties, and the economy of travel, it may have been necessary to actually sign and notarize the documents at a later time.

3.12 Effective Place of Execution. The parties intend that the place of execution be that county and state that is set forth in the caption of this instrument. The effective place of execution is the place that the parties intend this instrument to have been executed incorporating all laws, for purposes of conflicts of laws, which apply to that effective place of execution. The parties recognize that, due to the exigencies of the modern world, the mechanics of drafting, the convenience of the parties, and the economy of travel, this instrument may be executed by one or all the parties at some other geographic place and possibly at multiple places. However, in spite of this, they intend that it be deemed executed at the effective place of execution. 3.13 Interlineations and Initials. The parties recognize that because of the exigencies of the modern world, the mechanics of drafting the convenience of the parties, and the economy of costs, they may have in their own handwriting made minor changes in this instrument. These minor changes have been initialed by all parties, if any changes have been made, fore and aft of the change on all originals to prevent any extension of alteration of that change by any of the parties or others. Unless otherwise indicated by the placement of a date beside the change, these changes were intended by the parties to have occurred as of the effective date of this instrument. Any interlineated changes made by the parties after the effective date of this instrument shall be initialed by all parties, dated, and have the date itself initialed fore and aft by all parties to this instrument. 3.14 Execution. All parties named in the caption as parties shall sign below and at least one of the parties shall initial all pages of all original copies of this instrument. Furthermore, all documents such as schedules, exhibits and like documents which are expressly incorporated herein shall be initialed by all parties and either exchanged or attached to the originals which are given to any party named on the caption page of this instrument. 3.15 Acknowledgement. The notary public who has acknowledged the signatures of the various parties as designated in the acknowledgements hereto certify that this instrument was acknowledged by the signing party before the notary on the date of the notarization. If the instrument was subscribed by any of the parties in a representative capacity, then the notary ascertained that the signing party signed for the principal named by that party and in the capacity in which that party indicated he/she signed.

3.16 Construction with Co-Tenancy Agreement. THE PARTIES HAVE EXECUTED CONTEMPORANEOUSLY HEREWITH A CO-TENANCY AGREEMENT FOR THEIR COMMON OWNERSHIP OF THE LEASED PREMISES. IN THE EVENT OF ANY INCONSISTENCY BETWEEN ANY PROVISION IN THIS LEASE AGREEMENT AND ANY PROVISION IN THE CO-TENANCY AGREEMENT, THE PROVISION IN THIS LEASE AGREEMENT SHALL PREVAIL. LESSOR: MUZZ INVESTMENTS, L.L.C., an Arizona limited liability company
By___________________________ Michael S. Musulin, Manager Date signed: LESSEE: _____________________

AZCO MINING, INC., an Delaware corporation

By____________________________ Ryan A. Modesto, Secretary APPROVED: By:___________________________ Lawrence G. Olson, President Date signed: _____________________

2ND AMENDMENT TO NON-REVOLVING CREDIT LINE LOAN AGREEMENT BY THIS AMENDMENT, entered into on the 28th day of June 2002, to the AGREEMENT made and entered into as of the 14th day of March, 2001, and first amended on the 12th day of October 2001, AZCO MINING INC., a Delaware corporation, whose address is 7239 North El Mirage Road, Glendale, Arizona (hereinafter called "Borrower"), and Lawrence G. Olson, whose address is 7239 North El Mirage Road, Glendale, Arizona (hereinafter called "Lender"), for and in consideration of the recitals and mutual promises contained herein, confirm and agree as follows: SECTION 1. GENERAL TERMS 1.1 Lender agrees to extend the term of the March 14, 2001, $800,000 loan, subsequently extended October 12th 2001 and currently due March 12th 2003, an additional year to March 12th 2004 (the "Loan Extension 2"). 1.2 The Loan Extension 2 shall be evidenced by a Non-Revolving Credit Line Note in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A (the "Note") of Borrower, executed and delivered simultaneously with the execution of this Amendment, in the face amount of $800,000, payable to Lender upon the terms and conditions contained therein. 1.3 The note shall take the place of the note executed in conjunction with the March 14, 2001 non-revolving credit loan agreement as well as the note executed October 14th 2001 in conjunction with Loan Extension. 1.4 In consideration of Loan Extension 2, Borrower shall enter into the attached security agreement with Lender. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, these presents are executed as of the date indicated above. BORROWER AZCO MINING INC., a Delaware corporation By: Its: LENDER Lawrence G. Olson

DIRECTORS AGREEMENT This agreement dated April 26, 2002 by and between AZCO Mining Inc., a Delaware corporation (the "Company") and William M. Lightner Jr., an outside director (the "director"). Whereas the director has rendered valuable services to the Company and the Company desires to be assured that the director will continue rendering such services to the Company; Whereas the director is willing to continue to serve the Company but desires assurance that he will be protected in the event of any change in control; Now therefore, in consideration of the mutual covenants and promises herein, the parties agree as follows; The Company agrees that if 1. There is a change of control of the Company, and 2. The director resigns the service of the company, for whatever reason (other than discharge for cause, death or disability) within six months after such acquisition of control a. The director shall receive as a lump sum, a cash payment in the amount not to exceed $100,000 b. The amounts paid to the director hereunder shall be considered severance pay in consideration of the past services he has rendered to the Company and in consideration of this continued service from the date hereof to his entitlement to those payments. As used herein, the term "change in control" shall mean either 1. The acquisition of (whether direct or indirect) shares in excess of 20 percent of the outstanding shares of common stock of the Company by a person or group of persons, other than through a public equity offering by the Company, or 2. The occurrence of any transaction relating to the Company required to be described pursuant to the requirements of item 6 (e) of schedule 14A of regulation 14A of the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, or 3. Any change in the composition of the board of directors of the Company resulting in a majority of the present directors not constituting a majority provided, that in making such determination directors who were elected by, or on the recommendation of, such present majority, shall be excluded. The arrangements called for by this agreement are not intended to have any effect on the director's participation in any other benefits available to directors or to preclude other compensation or additional benefits as may be authorized by the board of directors from time to time. This agreement shall be binding and shall inure to the benefit of the respective successors, assigns, legal representatives and heirs to the parties hereto. This agreement shall terminate, even though prior to the acquisition of any control of the Company as defined here, if the director shall be voted out, not stand for reelection, voluntarily resign, retire, become permanently and totally disabled, or die. In witness whereof, the parties have signed this agreement this 26th day of April, 2002. Director's Signature / Azco Mining Inc. DATE

DIRECTORS AGREEMENT This agreement dated April 26, 2002 by and between AZCO Mining Inc., a Delaware corporation (the "Company") and Stanley A. Ratzlaff, an outside director (the "director"). Whereas the director has rendered valuable services to the Company and the Company desires to be assured that the director will continue rendering such services to the Company; Whereas the director is willing to continue to serve the Company but desires assurance that he will be protected in the event of any change in control; Now therefore, in consideration of the mutual covenants and promises herein, the parties agree as follows; The Company agrees that if 3. There is a change of control of the Company, and 4. The director resigns the service of the company, for whatever reason (other than discharge for cause, death or disability) within six months after such acquisition of control c. The director shall receive as a lump sum, a cash payment in the amount not to exceed $100,000 d. The amounts paid to the director hereunder shall be considered severance pay in consideration of the past services he has rendered to the Company and in consideration of this continued service from the date hereof to his entitlement to those payments. As used herein, the term "change in control" shall mean either 4. The acquisition of (whether direct or indirect) shares in excess of 20 percent of the outstanding shares of common stock of the Company by a person or group of persons, other than through a public equity offering by the Company, or 5. The occurrence of any transaction relating to the Company required to be described pursuant to the requirements of item 6 (e) of schedule 14A of regulation 14A of the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, or 6. Any change in the composition of the board of directors of the Company resulting in a majority of the present directors not constituting a majority provided, that in making such determination directors who were elected by, or on the recommendation of, such present majority, shall be excluded. The arrangements called for by this agreement are not intended to have any effect on the director's participation in any other benefits available to directors or to preclude other compensation or additional benefits as may be authorized by the board of directors from time to time. This agreement shall be binding and shall inure to the benefit of the respective successors, assigns, legal representatives and heirs to the parties hereto. This agreement shall terminate, even though prior to the acquisition of any control of the Company as defined here, if the director shall be voted out, not stand for reelection, voluntarily resign, retire, become permanently and totally disabled, or die. In witness whereof, the parties have signed this agreement this 26th day of April, 2002. Director's Signature / Azco Mining Inc. DATE

CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT ACCOUNTANTS We hereby consent to the incorporation by reference in the Registration Statement on Form S-8 (No. 00112974) of Azco Mining Inc. of our report dated September 3, 2002 relating to the financial statements and financial statement schedule, which appears in this Form 10-K. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Phoenix, Arizona September 23, 2002