Craig man to serve 20 years for meth possession

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— Conny Mullis, 45, was sentenced Wednesday in Moffat County District Court to 20 years in prison for methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute.

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Moffat County Sheriff's Office/courtesy

Conny Mullis

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Moffat County Sheriff's Office/courtesy

Maria Saenz

Mullis pleaded guilty to the charge, a Class 3 felony, according to a news release from the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Mullis was arrested in Craig in June when the All Crimes Enforcement Team, Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff’s Office executed search warrants in two residences and recovered more than 200 grams of methamphetamine that was worth an estimated $5,000.

Marvin Cameron, the ACET task force commander, said he was happy with the sentence.

“We’re pleased with the outcome,” he said. “When the process starts, we sit down with the district attorneys and look at the facts of the case and their criminal histories. We come up with a reasonable plea offer together.”

Maria Saenz, who was arrested at one of the residences along with Mullis in June, pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of methamphetamine earlier this month. She will serve four to six years in prison, according to the release.

The sentencing hearing for Saenz is Dec. 10.

As part of a lengthy investigation, ACET made and recorded controlled drug buys from Mullis and Saenz, which led to the search warrants.

“Methamphetamine has taken a devastating toll on this community, and we are proud of our law enforcement team’s efforts to stem the tide of distribution in Moffat County,” 14th Judicial District Attorney Brett Barkey said in the release. “The plea agreements announced today represent a significant success in those efforts.”

Cameron echoed that but said there still is more to do in the fight against drugs.

“We think what we did in June, it was significant to the drugs in Craig,” he said. “We’re also not naive. We know there’s more work to be done.”

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