Jury convicts Mohave Valley man of drugs, weapons charges

May 12, 2019

KINGMAN — A Mohave Valley man faces a lengthy prison sentence after being convicted in a trial at the Mohave County courthouse.

A Superior Court jury deliberated more than four hours before returning guilty verdicts in the case against Joseph Carter, 42.

Carter was convicted of three counts of possession for sale involving methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine. The jury also found him guilty of two misconduct charges involving weapons, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges result from search warrant seizures from a residence in the 500 block of King Way in Mohave Valley in September 2017. Prosecutor Jaimye Ashley said officers confiscated more than 10 ounces of methamphetamine, nine grams each of heroin and cocaine, drug pipes, scales, baggies and a duffel bag of marijuana.

Judge Rick Lambert dismissed a possession of marijuana charge that was not contemplated by the jury.

Defense attorney Melissa Barry said Carter faces a range of 10-1/2 years to 141-1/2 years in prison at sentencing June 14.

He also faces possible prison terms when sentenced for recent convictions of lesser offenses of unlawful flight and theft of means of transportation in previous court appearances.