Guilty plea entered in drug case

As part of an agreement with prosecutors, David S. Carlisle admitted to drug charges, while a child pornography charge was dropped.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of possessing child pornography and drugs pleaded guilty to reduced charges Monday.

David S. Carlisle, 34, entered guilty pleas to possession of a legend drug without a prescription and possession of less than 40 grams of marijuana.

A third charge of possessing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct was dropped by prosecutors in exchange for the guilty pleas.

Carlisle had been scheduled for trial in Walla Walla County Superior Court in April.

He was charged in the spring of 2008 after police said they found 19 images of child pornography on a laptop computer confiscated in the serving of a search warrant at Carlisle's then-residence on South Palouse Street in May 2008.

Officials had obtained the search warrant before delivering to him a package -- which previously was intercepted in San Francisco by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- that allegedly contained vials of a steroid likely ordered through the Internet from Thailand.

Police said small starts of suspected marijuana plants also were found at the residence, officials said.

After charges were filed in August 2008, Carlisle allegedly failed to show up for his first court appearance a month later.

A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was booked into the Walla Walla County Jail early this year.

Judge Donald W. Schacht allowed Carlisle to be released from jail pending sentencing, which will be scheduled for April 12, said Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Joe Golden.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

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