A 27-year-old Pasco man will serve 30 days in jail for trying to ship 17 ounces of marijuana in vacuum sealed bags to his home state of Arizona.
Lloyd Joseph Ornelas was told at sentencing Thursday that, if eligible, he can serve the time on jail work crew or work release.
He earlier pleaded guilty in Benton County Superior Court to one count of delivery of marijuana.
According to court documents, Kennewick police were called to Mail by the Mall on Dec. 7 for a report of a suspicious package. An employee called police "after the smell from the package (made) her nauseous," documents said.
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Officers reportedly opened the package as is permitted by FedEx rules and found "green vegetable matter" consistent with marijuana.
A total of 482 grams of pot was in the sealed bags.
Police identified Ornelas as the person shipping the package to Tempe, Ariz., because he provided an address and phone number with the shipment, court documents said. Surveillance video also connected Ornelas to the package, documents said.
Ornelas used to live in Arizona. His criminal history out of Maricopa County includes endangerment and DUI.
Kennewick businessman pleads guilty to writing bad check
The owner of a Kennewick cabinetry business pleaded guilty to writing a bad check to a customer, knowing he didn't have enough money in his account to cover the $9,900.
Richard David Johnson, 49, was allowed to plead to a reduced misdemeanor charge of unlawful issuance of a bank check because he has no prior criminal convictions, according to Deputy Prosecutor Terry Bloor.
The charge initially was for the check being over $750, which was a felony, but Bloor said the reduction will hold the owner of Columbia Cabinetry & Design accountable. Johnson also agreed to pay the full amount of restitution -- $9,873.71 -- to the victim, Chris Mackey of Richland.
Mackey reportedly placed an order for kitchen cabinets April 20 and paid $8,942.33 up front, followed by a payment of $931.38 on May 1.
The cabinets never were delivered so Mackey contacted the owner, court documents said.
Johnson wrote a check to Mackey to reimburse him, but the check was declined due to insufficient funds. Johnson later admitted to Mackey and a Kennewick officer that he knew the money wasn't there to cover the check, documents said.
The victim told officers that Johnson later said "he used the money to pay on his account with a supplier," court documents said.
Charges were filed against Johnson on June 20, and as of that time, he still had not made good on the check, documents said.
Johnson of Kennewick was given 364 days in jail with all of the time suspended. The sentence was deferred for two years, meaning the case will be dismissed if he doesn't violate conditions or commit a new crime in that time.
West Richland man pleads guilty to stealing wallets
A West Richland man admitted stealing wallets on four separate occasions in July, including swiping them from the carts of older female shoppers.
Joshua Devon Babb, 21, pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree theft and one count each of possession of hydrocodone and third-degree theft.
The plea comes just one week after Babb's charges were increased to reflect additional crimes from earlier in the month.
He was sentenced to eight months in jail.
Meanwhile, his pregnant girlfriend is set for trial Sept. 17 on similar theft charges.
Court documents show that Babb and Erica Renea Kennedy struck up a conversation July 27 with an 81-year-old woman in the hair product aisle at the Richland Walmart.
While Babb talked with the older woman about shampoo, the victim allegedly noticed Kennedy's hand near her purse in the shopping cart. When the pair left, the woman checked and discovered her coin purse was missing from her purse, documents said.
Babb and Kennedy still were in the store when Richland officers responded. A hydrocodone pill in a baggie was found on Babb at the time of arrest, in addition to a wallet concealed in his underwear.
The wallet belonged to another woman, who had not yet left the store. She told police that the wallet was inside her hat in her cart, and she realized it was gone when she went to pay for her merchandise.
The additional theft charges against Babb were for debit and credit cards stolen on July 17, 20 and 22.
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