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Former Desert Hills resident convicted of drug dealing

May 20, 2019

A former Desert Hills resident who sold significant quantities of drugs in the Lake Havasu City area and beyond was convicted in absentia at his jury trial in Kingman. A Mohave County Superior Court jury deliberated for less that 15 minutes Thursday before finding David Allen Muehlhausen, 59, guilty of all seven felony offenses.

Prosecutor Kellen Marlow told the jury that Muehlhausen sold drugs to a confidential informant who was working for law enforcement. Defense attorney Sandra Carr countered that the informant was not a credible witness and should not be believed because he was making controlled buys to avoid a prison sentence for his own criminal drug involvements.

The informant and Lake Havasu City police sergeant Chris Sautner testified separately about arrangements to purchase drugs from Muehlausen. The jury also watched a video featuring Muehlhausen’s various admissions when interviewed by Sautner at the police department following his arrest in late October, 2015.

“David was extremely cooperative during the course of the investigation and my interview,” Sautner testified.

Muehlausen spoke quite candidly during the interview, telling Sautner that he acquired drugs in California and that profit was his motive for selling in the Lake Havasu area as well as in Golden Shores, Bullhead City and Fort Mohave. Marlow told the jury that Muehlhausen appeared to be proud to develop a reputation as a reliable provider while building a lucrative enterprise.

`He was becoming exponentially big in that context,” Marlow said. ``He was trying to move as much weight as possible because he was trying to impress the people who were supplying him.”

Muehlhausen was convicted of sale of dangerous drugs to the informant on two occasions in the parking lot of a grocery store located in the 3700 block of London Bridge Road. An August 2015 transaction involved a quarter ounce of methamphetamine and a half ounce of meth was sold at the same location the next month.

The jury also found Muehlhausen guilty of selling an ounce of methamphetamine at the informant’s residence in the 1100 block of Riverside Drive in October 2015. He alos was convicted of selling another ounce of meth and a gram of heroin to the informant two weeks later at a Highway 95 convenience store.

A subsequent search of Muehlhausen’s home and vehicle netted seizure of more than four ounces of meth and about two ounces of heroin.

A warrant for his arrest was issued on Aug. 29, 2016 after Muehlhausen missed several court hearings. Marlow said Muehlhausen faces up to 55 years in prison if he is located and returned for sentencing.

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