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Sandman sentenced to 3.5 years for drug sale

Matthew Sandman

The last of three defendants charged in a Bullhead City drug bust has been sentenced to the Arizona Department of Corrections. The trio was charged following a February, 2018 search that netted seizure of methamphetamine inside and outside a home in the 1800 block of Granada Drive.

Matthew Sandman, 41, pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of attempted sale of dangerous drugs for sale. Sandman explained his involvement during Thursday’s sentencing hearing in Kingman.

Sandman seemed to imply that he was, at least in part, coerced by a confidential informant. He said the man dropped off money for him to buy drugs and returned an hour later to learn that the drugs had not been procured.

Sandman said he tried to give back the money but that the informant told him to keep it and try again. He said he secured drugs and sold them to the informant about an hour later.

There’s no dispute that Sandman possessed almost four grams of methamphetamine when the search was conducted after the drug sale. Prosecutor Kellen Marlow said Sandman’s conceded possession and admitted involvement in drug sales should be the primary sentencing consideration.

Judge Billy Sipe ordered a 3.5 year sentence for Sandman.  

Sipe also imposed a 3.5 year prison term during a July 3 sentencing hearing for co-defendant Jacob Beane, 39. 18 grams of meth was seized from Beane’s vehicle which was parked outside Sandman’s home the day of the raid.

Beane’s girlfriend Micka Kutschat, 26, was also present and taken into custody during the property search. She pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was placed on probation in late June.