Trial date set for Walla Walla man in marijuana dealing

Terry L. Knapp is charged with selling drugs from his home near Sharpstein Elementary School.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man was arraigned Monday afternoon on charges accusing him of selling marijuana from his home near Sharpstein Elementary School this spring.

Terry L. Knapp, 58, pleaded innocent in Superior Court and is set for trial July 11 and 12 on three counts of delivery of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school bus route stop, in addition to one count of possessing the controlled substance with intent to deliver and one count of using drug paraphernalia.

Knapp was arrested the evening of May 11 in a law enforcement raid at his home at 712 Whitman St. He was booked into the County Jail, with bail later set at $25,000.

Knapp is accused of selling marijuana to a confidential informant three times. The transactions allegedly occurred at his house -- about a block-and-a-half east of Sharpstein -- on April 21, 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.

Officials said there is no evidence Knapp sold drugs to children.

Armed with a search warrant, officials entered Knapp's home about 8 p.m. May 11 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 allegedly 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.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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