Man faces drug, stolen property charges after raid

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WALLA WALLA — Richard E. Cornwell Jr., 36, faces multiple drug charges following his arrest in an early morning raid Wednesday.

Police arrested Cornwell at his home at 520 S. Third Ave. on Wednesday at 7:39 a.m. after an investigation into drug-related complaints police received from community members, according to a probable cause affidavit presented in court this morning.

Walla Walla Police Department’s Drug Unit served search warrants at Cornwell’s home Wednesday and discovered methamphetamine, heroin and prescription pills in a safe in Cornwell’s basement, according to documents presented in court.

Police also found more than 100 items listed as stolen in Walla Walla County, linking Cornwell to burglary investigations being conducted by the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office. Among the listed stolen items were a .30-30 caliber rifle, a Japanese rifle from World War II, and a Mossberg shotgun.

Cornwell is being held on $50,000 bail for investigation of delivery of methamphetamine; possession of heroin, methamphetamine, hydrocodone and methadone with intent to deliver; first-degree possession of stolen property; first-degree trafficking in stolen property and possession of a stolen firearm.

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