Kennewick man pleads guilty to drug charge

By Paula Horton, Tri-City HeraldOctober 31, 2012 

A 31-year-old Kennewick man who's been fighting multiple drug and gun charges in a case since 2010 got his case dismissed after admitting to using a debit card accidentally left behind in Kennewick ATM earlier this year.

Alfredo Ahumada Ozuna Jr. pleaded guilty in Benton County Superior Court to possession of stolen property, an access device, and possession of methamphetamine. He was sentenced to eight months in jail then released after getting credit for the time he's already served.

He was arrested by Kennewick police in June after he took a debit card that was left in the HAPO Credit Union machine. He made it easy for officers to identify him because he also used his own card in the ATM.

Within three hours, Ahumada Ozuna charged more than $900 on the stolen debit card to buy a large amount of lumber and gasoline.

Meth was found in his West Fifth Avenue home when officers searched it, police said.

In the case that was dismissed, Ahumada Ozuna had been charged with two counts of possession of cocaine, possession of meth, five counts of possession of a gun and possession of a stolen gun.

The charges were filed after police got a warrant to search his home and reportedly found $11,200 cash, seven ounces of meth, cocaine and five handguns, documents said. Three guns allegedly were stolen in a Moses Lake burglary.

Defense attorney Bob Thompson, however, had sought to get the case tossed out of court by challenging the search warrant that was authorized based on a secret proceeding called a special inquiry.

The special inquiry hearing relied on statements from two confidential informants. Thompson said it didn't give police probable cause to arrest Ahumada Ozuna and violated his privacy rights by allowing officers to subpoena his bank records without his knowledge.

But a ruling never was made on his motion.

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