Trial delayed in meth lab case


WALLA WALLA -- A man scheduled for trial this week for allegedly operating a large methamphetamine lab at the Walla Walla Vineyard Inn now is slated to face a jury next month in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

The proceedings for Clifford E. Chew, 56, are set to begin Aug. 29. He's charged with manufacture of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school bus route stop, possessing pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture meth and possession of the controlled substance with intent to deliver.

The trial initially was scheduled to begin Monday.

Police said they recovered many items used to manufacture meth -- in addition to the finished product -- when they served a search warrant May 18 in room 106 of the Vineyard Inn, 325 E. Main St.

The lab reportedly was one of the largest ever discovered in Walla Walla County.

Dena R. Turner, the motel's manager when the lab allegedly was discovered, also was arrested. She is suspected of allowing Chew to store four 64-ounce bottles of ammonia in a freezer in her room near the main office.

She also gave Chew her master key card allowing access to several other units, failed to register him as a guest and didn't collect money from him, according to a police report filed in court.

Turner, 38, is charged with complicity to the manufacturing of meth. She was released on a bail bond after her arrest, but then was arrested in Oregon for alleged drunken driving.


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