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Bellingham Police arrest yields over 2,000 suspected fentanyl pills and more

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Bellingham Police Department (BPD) Lieutenant Claudia Murphy told Whatcom News via email that a night shift BPD officer arrested a drug dealer wanted for failure to appear in 2 Whatcom County Superior Court cases and found suspected fentanyl pills packaged for resale.

According to Murphy, about 11:05pm on Wednesday, October 19th, a BPD officer saw the man’s Ford Ranger truck in the area of Meridian and Telegraph Streets. The man, identified as Daniel John Faix, age 37 and of Ferndale, was known to have active felony warrants after not appearing in court on 2 separate cases while out of custody on a total of $50,000 appearance bonds.

Murphy said Faix saw the officer’s car and “quickly” parked in a parking lot and walked away. 

The officer followed on foot, eventually shouting FAIX’s name and he turned around.  FAIX was arrested on his felony warrants and searched incident to arrest. 

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Bellingham Police Department Lieutenant Claudia Murphy (October 20, 2022)

The officer’s search of Faix’s person found 132.5 pills of suspected fentanyl, $87 in cash, 2.5 grams of suspected fentanyl powder and 5 grams of methamphetamine.

A K-9 unit conducted a sniff for narcotics on the exterior of the Ford truck. which resulted in a positive alert to the presence of narcotics odor. A search warrant was served on the Ford truck and the following items were found inside.

  • 1,963.5 pills of suspected fentanyl
  • 8 buprenorphine hydrochloride pills
  • $16,807 in US currency
  • a Walther handgun

Faix is a convicted felon and thus not permitted to be in possession of firearm. 

Faix was arrested and booked into Whatcom County Jail charged with suspicion of 4 counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of prohibited counterfeit substances and unlawful posession of a firearm. He was also arrested on the 2 bench warrants.

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Murphy said that prior to the above arrests, Faix had 39 prior arrests by BPD where he was suspected of theft, trespass, possession with intent to deliver, burglary and obstructing law enforcement crimes as well as arrest warrants. 

Faix remains in jail pending being able to post $190,000 in appearance bonds.

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