Walla Walla man pleads guilty to sale of marijuana

Terry L. Knapp delivered marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school bus route.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man has pleaded guilty to selling marijuana from his home near Sharpstein Elementary School last spring.

Terry L. Knapp, 58, of 712 Whitman St., entered the guilty plea Friday in Superior Court to delivery of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school bus route stop in April.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing the controlled substance with intent to deliver in May when his house was raided.

Knapp faces a standard-range prison term of two years to two-and-a-half years when he's sentenced later. Under terms of the plea agreement, the prosecution is recommending the low end of that range, and will dismiss two additional counts of marijuana delivery and one count of using drug paraphernalia.

Knapp admitted selling marijuana April 21. Police said the transaction occurred when a confidential informant went to Knapp's house, about a block-and-a-half east of Sharpstein.

Knapp also was accused of similar sales on May 3 and May 11. On each occasion, Knapp sold about 56 grams (two ounces) to the informant for $620, according to a police report filed in court.

Knapp was arrested the evening of May 11 in the law enforcement raid at his home. Armed with a search warrant, officials entered the residence about 8 p.m. and discovered about six pounds of processed marijuana -- in 12 half-pound vacuum-sealed bags -- with a street value of nearly $30,000, police said.

Scales, packaging materials and more than $1,500 in cash also were seized.

Although Knapp is a convicted felon with an extensive criminal history in the Walla Walla area, he reportedly had two medical marijuana permits. However, his pot possession was limited to a total of three pounds and its sale isn't allowed, the police report says.

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