Man charged in drug, stolen property case

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WALLA WALLA — A man suspected of various drug offenses, in addition to possessing a large amount of stolen property, was formally charged Thursday afternoon in Superior Court with 11 crimes.

Richard E. Cornwell Jr., 36, is accused of delivering methamphetamine, possessing four controlled substances with the intent to deliver them, first-degree possessing and first-degree trafficking in stolen property, using drug paraphernalia and three counts of possessing a stolen firearm.

The drug delivery and possession charges allege the crimes occurred within 1,000 feet of the perimeter of a school grounds.

Law enforcement served a search warrant Wednesday at Cornwell’s residence at 520 S. Third Ave. because Cornwell allegedly had sold methamphetamine Dec. 7.

Inside the residence, detectives reportedly found a safe in the master bedroom in the basement. The safe contained heroin, meth, hydrocodone and methadone — packaged separately for sale — and more than $1,100, according to a Walla Walla police report filed in court.

Authorities also located more than 100 items allegedly stolen during numerous burglaries in and around the Walla Walla Valley.

Three stolen firearms also were found, the police report says.

Cornwell was booked into the County Jail. Bail later was set at $50,000.

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