Thursday, May 12, 2011
WALLA WALLA -- A convicted felon with a medical marijuana permit was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly dealing the controlled substance out of his home near Sharpstein Elementary School over the past several weeks.
Officials serving a search warrant at 712 Whitman St. about 8 p.m. discovered approximately six pounds of processed marijuana at the home, according to a Police Department news release. The street value of the seized pot is estimated at nearly $30,000.
More than $1,500 in cash also was seized.
The property owner, Terry L. Knapp, 58, was taken into custody and booked into the County Jail on investigation of a variety of charges.
The City Drug Unit has investigated for about two months after receiving information Knapp was dealing illegal drugs. Using a confidential informant, the drug unit made several large purchases of marijuana from Knapp at the residence over the past several weeks, officials said. The home is about a block-and-a-half east of Sharpstein, however police say there is no evidence Knapp was selling marijuana to children.
Knapp had a medical marijuana permit posted inside his residence, allowing him to legally possess no more than 1 1‚Ñ2 pounds of harvested marijuana. In accordance with that permit, Knapp also was in possession of 15 small plants, the news release says.
Pending charges against him include three counts of delivery of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, in addition to unlawful possession of marijuana.
Participating in Wednesday night's raid were officers from the Emergency Services Unit SWAT Team, detectives from the police department's Special Teams Unit and the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office.
Knapp has an extensive criminal history in the Walla Walla area, including convictions for assault and theft.