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Drugs and firearms seized during search warrant in Ferndale, man arrested

Items found when the Whatcom County Gang and Drug Task Force served a search warrant on a Slater Road residence (January 20, 2022). Photo courtesy of WGDTF

FERNDALE, Wash. — The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release today, Friday, January 21st regarding the arrest of a Ferndale man and the investigation that led to the arrest.

According to the press release, the Whatcom Gang and Drug Task Force (WGDTF) concluded a several-month-long investigation into a suspected drug house in the 3400 block of Slater Road. Probable cause was established to arrest Douglas Earl Sandstrom, age 57, from Ferndale. Task force detectives reported that Sandstrom, a convicted felon, sold heroin and suspected fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills to an agent of the WGDTF on at least 4 occasions.

3400 block of Slater Road

The WGDTF, along with the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team arrested Sandstrom at his home without incident. Task force detectives, with assistance from Homeland Security, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Washington State Patrol and Anacortes Police Department K9 served a search warrant on Sandstrom’s residence and located cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, hundreds of suspected fentanyl-laced pills and drug paraphernalia including scales and packaging materials. 6 firearms were also seized, 2 of which were found to be stolen and 1 observed to have an illegal sawed-off short barrel.

“This case highlights the strong working relationship and cooperation amongst our regional partners to detect and hold accountable those that bring drugs into our communities,” said WCSO Undersheriff Doug Chadwick. “The Whatcom County Gang and Drug Task Force will continue to conduct investigations into the sale and distribution of illicit drugs, which negatively impacts our most vulnerable and our quality of life. This arrest is another example of the dangers and willingness of those involved in drug distribution to use firearms and violence to further their illegal activity.”

Sandstrom was booked into the Whatcom County Jail for suspicion of 3 counts of delivery of a controlled substance (Fentanyl) and 1 count of delivery of a controlled substance (Heroin), maintaining a drug house, 6 counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, 2 counts of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of an unlawful firearm.


  1. Cynthia Bosch January 21, 2022

    The WGDTF, along with the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, I want to thank you for this bust and arrest and for all you are doing to fight the war on drugs in Whatcom County.
    I’ve been paying attention more now, so ce my 25 year old son passed on December 6, 2021 from Fentynal/Meth OD. In the past month you all have made at least 3 good busts/arrests in case that involved drug dealers and Fentynal.
    I don’t believe my son intentionally bought fentanyl. Please keep up your good works!!
    God Bless you and keep you safe!

  2. Dennis January 21, 2022

    Lets see if our DA pleads bargains away all the gun charges, which, in themselves, ought to be enough to keep said felon out of circulation for for a very long time.

  3. Jake January 21, 2022

    With all the new laws in effect around here, I bet he’s back on the streets by Monday. Criminals aren’t held accountable for anything they do anymore. Time will tell.

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