Narcotics suspect denied monitored release

By on Friday, March 12th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

WALLA WALLA – David Mills, 38, of Walla Walla either must pay bail or stay in jail on narcotics and weapons charges. He was arrested by College Place police in December 2020 and was requesting a release to seek addiction treatment. His bail is set at $100,000.

Mills is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, felony manufacturing, delivery, or possession with intent of narcotics, possession of a stolen firearm, and unlawful possession of a firearm. All of those charges are felonies. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of use of drug paraphernalia.

CPPD officers spotted Mills leaving Walmart on Dec. 16 and knew he had an outstanding warrant for theft and drug charges. A traffic stop was initiated. At that time he was found to be in possession of a firearm that had been reported stolen out of Columbia County.

The prosecution objected to the release based on the defendant’s  failure to meet the conditions of the  prior jail release, which resulted in the arrest warrant being issued for Mills. Judge Brandon Johnson did not grant the request but said he would reconsider at a later date pending an expert’s evaluation of Mills. Mills’ trial is scheduled for April 12, barring a settlement agreement.

File photo of Mills’ arrest via College Place Police Department