Kennewick man pleads innocent to drug, weapon charges

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldOctober 14, 2012 

KENNEWICK -- A convicted felon whose Kennewick apartment was searched after he told police he had smoked marijuana there, pleaded innocent Thursday to allegations that he had a pipe bomb, two firearms and more than 40 grams of the drug.

Richard Anthony Pourier, 27, faces trial Nov. 26 in Benton County Superior Court for possession of marijuana, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of an incendiary device.

According to Kennewick police and court records, Pourier was the driver of a vehicle that was stopped late Saturday for driving without headlights on.

Officers smelled marijuana coming from the car, and Pourier, after being detained and read his Miranda rights, "admitted to smoking marijuana at his (West 45th Avenue home) just prior to getting into the vehicle," documents stated.

Police then went to the apartment and "immediately smelled a strong odor of marijuana," documents state. Detectives with the department's Criminal Apprehension Team got a search warrant and allegedly found more than 40 grams of marijuana inside, along with drug paraphernalia.

The officers also seized a semiautomatic pistol and a shotgun before finding a pipe bomb inside a safe, court documents stated. Police quickly left the apartment and called out Richland police's Bomb Squad so technicians could dismantle the device.

Pourier is not supposed to own or be around firearms because of a 2005 Benton County conviction for possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver, documents stated.

His wife and the couple's sleeping child were inside the home when police served the warrant. MarandaKae Pourier alleg-edly told officers she and Richard Pourier are unemployed and that he's been selling pot out of their home for about a year.

Pourier is in the Benton County jail on $15,000 bail. Attorney Sylvia Cornish was appointed to represent Pourier, but since she wasn't in court Thursday, colleague Sal Mendoza Jr. suggested they hold off on addressing a bail reduction until Cornish can meet with her client.

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