Crime

Moses Lake man's trial for steroids delayed

MOSES LAKE -- The trial for a Moses Lake man accused of shipping steroids to a Kennewick home has been delayed two months so a similar Grant County case can be resolved first.

Ryan Shawn Kennelly, 36, agreed to postpone his trial to April 18. He is charged with possession with intent to manufacture or deliver anabolic steroids.

Kennelly set a world record in Kennewick in 2008 for pressing 1,075 pounds.

He also has a pending case in Grant County Superior Court for manufacturing marijuana and possession with intent to deliver marijuana and anabolic steroids, according to authorities and court records.

Kevin Holt, Kennelly's attorney in the Benton County case, told a judge that his client faces trial in the Moses Lake case Feb. 28. Those allegations are the "precursor for the search warrant in our case, so (that case) needs to be resolved first," Holt said.

Deputy Prosecutor Art Bieker didn't object to moving the trial date.

Kennelly reportedly has been the focus of an investigation since early 2010.

He was arrested at his Moses Lake home Oct. 6 and charged the next day.

On Dec. 17, a Grant County task force served a search warrant at a Kennewick apartment, with assistance from Tri-Cities law enforcement and inspectors with the U.S. Postal Service.

According to Benton County court documents, postal inspectors intercepted a package of steroids and placed an alarm system inside the box.

The warrant was for the package, which allegedly was found inside the apartment along with the postal service's alarm device and the shipment of steroids. The warrant also covered any other steroids and products used to make the drug.

Officers seized at least 84 vials of steroids and seven packets of steroid chemicals that police said belonged to Kennelly, according to documents.

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