Three face trial

Charges stem from drug raid

— A man and two co-defendants are set to go to trial in the next few months on drug and weapons charges.

Kim Dale Cornwell, 51, has a trial date scheduled for June 6. An omnibus hearing is scheduled for May 23, in accordance with an order from Superior Court Judge Richard H. Bartheld.

Cornwell and co-defendants Jerry Allen Smith, 44, and Leiha Michelle Zimmer, 37, were arraigned on related charges yesterday in Yakima County Superior Court.

Zimmer and Smith have a separate trial date of May 2. Omnibus hearings for the two are scheduled for April 18.

Cornwell owns property at 1401 and 1411 Outlook Road, which was raided by Law Enforcement Against Drugs agents in February.

He is facing charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, unlawful use of a building for drug purposes and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Judge Doug Federspiel last month set bail at $75,000 and prohibited him from contacting co-defendants.

Bail was also set at $75,000 for Smith and Zimmer.

Charges against Smith include possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver heroin, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a building for drug purposes and violation of a no-contact order, court documents state.

Zimmer was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver heroin, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver methamphetamine, unlawful use of a building for drug purposes and a firearm enhancement, records show.

The task force’s declaration of probable cause said Smith sold a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine in a controlled purchase Feb. 11 at a bus at 1401 Outlook Road.

The following day, Zimmer sold heroin to an undercover agent at the same bus, according to documents.

Friday, agents executed a search warrant on Cornwell’s properties, and the three were arrested on-scene.

During the search, agents said they located a number of rifles, methamphetamine, heroin and digital scales, as well as a stolen 1998 Honda Civic, records show.

Zimmer and Smith were living in the bus.

Inside, agents found heroin, packaging materials for the drugs, a semi-automatic pistol and a loaded .357 revolver, according to documents.

Agents later confirmed a domestic violence no-contact order existed between Smith and Zimmer. Smith had two convictions for violating no-contact orders, documents state.

Zimmer told agents she is a heroin user and sells drugs from the bus when Smith is not present. She also told agents she knew Smith was in possession of a revolver, documents said.



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