Trial again delayed in Walla Walla Regional Airport meth case

Elias Alonso is charged with possession with intent to deliver the drug.

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WALLA WALLA -- There's been a second delay in the trial for a longtime janitor at the Walla Walla Regional Airport who was arrested in December after suspected methamphetamine was found in the terminal.

The proceedings for Elias Alonso, 39, of 620 Chase Ave., first were set for March 14, then postponed to this Monday. Now the trial is scheduled for Aug. 29.

Alonso has pleaded innocent in Walla Walla County Superior Court to possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

Officials said nearly seven ounces of suspected meth -- with a street value of about $14,000 -- were discovered in the janitorial room at the airport Dec. 14.

Alonso reportedly told a Walla Walla County sheriff's detective he found the container in the parking lot and intended to inform the airport's security coordinator, but forgot.

Alonso was arrested Dec. 17, but bail was posted later that day and he was released from the County Jail pending further court proceedings.

Port officials initially suspended him with pay, then fired him effective Jan. 15.

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

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