WALLA WALLA — A man suspected of possessing hundreds of items of stolen property, in addition to committing various drug offenses, pleaded innocent Monday to 11 criminal charges.
Richard E. Cornwell Jr., 36, is set for trial Feb. 20 in Superior Court on the charges 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 a school.
Law enforcement served a search warrant Dec. 12 at Cornwell’s home at 520 S. Third Ave. because he allegedly had sold methamphetamine the previous week.
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 found what could amount to about 1,000 items allegedly stolen during numerous burglaries in and around the Walla Walla Valley.
The items, including a large number of tools, were taken to a police evidence storage area in a U-Haul and a large truck. Detectives still were inventorying the items last week.
Three stolen firearms also were found, the police report says.
Cornwell was booked into the County Jail. Bail initially was set at $50,000, but last week was increased to $100,000.