A man and a woman arrested Tuesday by the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force appeared in Moffat County Court on Wednesday for a bond hearing.
Conny Mullis, 45, and Maria Saenz, 32, both of Craig, were arrested Tuesday as a result of an undercover investigation in the works since the fall of 2012. Mullis and Saenz are charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, a Class 3 felony. They are being held at the Moffat County Jail.
ACET made and recorded two controlled drug buys from Mullis, said Matt Tjosvold, chief deputy district attorney for Moffat County.
According to Colorado Revised Statutes, the proper bond for a Class 3 felony is $50,000, but Mullis’ was set at $150,000, cash-only, because of his criminal history and perceived flight risk. Mullis has five prior felony convictions and would face a maximum of 64 years in prison.
Part of that prior criminal history is a case from 2012 involving Mullis threatening a man while trying to settle a drug debt. Because the sentencing in that case had not been resolved, Mullis’ $20,000 bond was revoked and added on top of the $150,000 amount.
ACET made a separate undercover purchase of 4.3 grams of methamphetamine from Saenz, leading the prosecution to think Saenz is “as much involved in drug dealing as (Mullis) is in this community,” Tjosvold said.
The prosecution asked for Saenz’s bail to be set at $100,000. Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner stuck with the statute amount of $50,000, cash or surety, saying she did not think Saenz was a flight risk in the same way as Mullis.
ACET executed a search warrant at the residence on Barclay Street, where they found more than 100 grams of methamphetamine and more than $3,000 in cash hidden behind the washing machine. The street value of 100 grams of methamphetamine is estimated at about $10,000.
A rifle, packaging materials and scales also were found in a bedroom.
The DA’s Office plans to prosecute Mullis and Saenz in two separate cases, each for their arrest and the results of the search warrants executed Tuesday.
ACET also executed a search warrant at 974 Aiken St. Tuesday morning. The contents of that warrant have been sealed by the court but are part of a larger scale operation being conducted by the task force to combat the meth market in Craig, said Marvin Cameron, the task force commander.
They think with these and more anticipated arrests, they will strike a significant blow against the distribution system in place.
“These people are not the street level,” Cameron said. “We believe it will have an impact in Craig.”
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