Man gets prison time in drug sale case

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - BY JAMES GIL­BERT @YSJAMESGILBERT James Gil­bert can be reached at jgilbert@yu­masun.com or 539-6854.

A hand­cuffed Adrian Hum­berto Al­varez was im­me­di­ately taken into cus­tody Wed­nes­day morn­ing after a Yuma County Su­pe­rior Court judge sen­tenced him to three-and-a-half years in prison for a mod­i­fied count of at­tempted trans­porta­tion of mar­i­juana for sale.

Al­varez pleaded guilty to the of­fense as part of a plea agree­ment with pros­e­cu­tors in early Au­gust. In re­turn for his plea, the orig­i­nal charges of two counts of trans­porta­tion of mar­i­juana for sale and one count of a nar­cotic drug for sale, were dis­missed.

One count of pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia and one count of child en­dan­ger­ment were also dis­missed un­der the terms of the plea agree­ment. Su­pe­rior Court Judge Bran­don Kin­sey, who sen­tenced Al­varez, also gave him credit for five days that he had al­ready served in cus­tody.

Prior to his client’s sen­tenc­ing at­tor­ney Micheal Dono­van, who rep­re­sents Al­varez, asked Kin­sey if he had con­sid­ered any of the fac­tors pre­sented dur­ing a mit­i­ga­tion hear­ing in Septem­ber, in which he pre­sented ev­i­dence that his client had a clean record since his ar­rest. Kin­sey ex­plained that the prison sen­tence had been agreed upon in the plea of­fer, and not fol­low­ing it would give the pros­e­cu­tion grounds to with­draw from it. If that were to hap­pen, he con­tin­ued, the case would pro­ceed to trial, where Al­varez would po­ten­tially face a much longer sen­tence.

The crime of at­tempted trans­porta­tion of mar­i­juana car­ries a prison sen­tenc­ing rang­ing from two and a half to seven years in prison with the pre­sump­tive sen­tence be­ing the three-and-a-half years Al­varez re­ceived as part of his plea deal.

Ac­cord­ing to the Yuma County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, the Yuma County Nar­cotics Task Force (YCNTF) served a search war­rant in Oc­to­ber 2017 at a res­i­dence in the 2000 block of South 7th Av­enue.

When YCNTF mem­bers searched the house, with as­sis­tance from YCSO K-9 Jax, they found ap­prox­i­mately 12.32 pounds of mar­i­juana, which had an es­ti­mated street value of more than $167,000, and 3.55 pounds of mar­i­juana ed­i­bles, with an es­ti­mated value of $32,168.

YCNTF mem­bers also re­cov­ered 28.8 grams of THC wax worth an es­ti­mated $1,440, as well as 46 grams of THC oil, worth an es­ti­mated $2,300, and ad­di­tional drug para­pher­na­lia items con­sis­tent with nar­cotic sales. A loaded shot­gun was also dis­cov­ered. Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, task force mem­bers learned that Al­varez, who was the sus­pect of the search war­rant, had al­legedly been ship­ping boxes of bulk mar­i­juana and THC oils and waxes to other states through­out the coun­try.

ADRIAN H. AL­VAREZ

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