Drug Defendant Doubleheader
Mandatory prison terms are specified in proposed plea agreements that will resolve Bullhead City drug dealing cases. Rene Carranza-Sanchez pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of dangerous drugs for sale in a deal requiring Mohave County Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert to impose a 5-year prison term at a sentencing hearing scheduled August 14.
The deal dismisses other charges for alleged narcotics and weapons offenses.
Prosecutor Morgan Carstensen said the charges result from a warrant-based search conducted on December 7, 2019 at a home in the 1900 block of Sea Breeze Lane. She said officers confiscated about two ounces of methamphetamine belonging to Carranza-Sanchez.
Another plea agreement was entered last week in the case against Mark Muscato.
The 54-year-old Bullhead City man pleaded guilty to theft of means of transportation in a September, 2019 case. Muscato also pleaded guilty to possession of dangerous drugs for sale related to an April 25 traffic stop at 1751 Highway 95.
Prosecutor David Wayt told the Court that officers seized 52.7 grams of methamphetamine from the vehicle Muscato was driving. The deputy county attorney said that Muscato told arresting officers that he denied selling, but admitted purchasing drugs he intended to use over the course of a month.
Muscato faces a 6.5-year prison term at a September 8 sentencing hearing scheduled by Mohave County Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert.