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Solari faces more charges; trials put on calendar

January 11, 2019

KINGMAN — A Needles man was arraigned Tuesday in a new case for bringing drugs into the county jail. Trials were set in his three other criminal cases.

Matthew Austin Solari, 31, pleaded not guilty to new charges of conspiracy to commit promoting prison contraband and five counts of promoting prison contraband.

The charges allegedly occurred Nov. 3-5 at the Mohave County jail in Kingman. Solari is being held in custody on a $750,000 bond. His next hearing in that case is set for Feb. 11.

Solari is charged in another case with possession of dangerous drugs for sale, which allegedly occurred at a traffic stop Jan. 22, 2018, in the 8000 block of Highway 95 in Fort Mohave.

Solari’s defense attorney, Randy Craig of Scottsdale, argued Tuesday a motion to suppress evidence in that traffic stop. The prosecutor also alleges that the defendant has five prior convictions.

Superior Court Billy Sipe Jr. set a trial in that case for May 7 with a pre-trial hearing set for April 15 and a status hearing set for Feb. 11.

Solari is charged with possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs for sale and two counts of misconduct with weapons. The alleged crimes in that case occurred June 11, 2018, in the 8000 block of Highway 95 in Mohave Valley.

Sipe set a trial in that case for May 14 with a pre-trial hearing set for April 22 and a status hearing Feb. 11.

Solari also is charged in a 2017 case with fraudulent schemes and artifices. Solari along with several others were charged by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for their involvement in a Bullhead City opioid ring.

Sipe set a trial in the fraud case for April 30 with a pre-trial hearing set for April 8 and a status hearing set for Feb. 11.

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