EVERSON, Wash. — The Everson Police Department said that on July 9th, Everson Police officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle displaying an expired registration. While officers spoke with the driver, they observed drug paraphernalia scattered around where the driver and passenger were seated.
Officers asked the driver if they could search the vehicle and the driver consented to the search. Officers located a pill container with M30-marked pills inside which were recognized as counterfeit oxycodone that typically contain fentanyl. A large amount of ammunition was found in the passenger compartment but no firearms.
Officers noticed the car’s tires were almost riding on the rims due to the weight of whatever was in the trunk.
As officers turned to open the trunk, the driver told officers he was no longer consenting to the search. The vehicle was then impounded, and a search warrant applied for. On July 12th, a search warrant was issued, and a search conducted where the following was found.
- 22 firearms (rifles, shotguns, and pistols)
- 10 BB guns/pellet guns
- 139 M30 counterfeit oxycodone pills
- 21 grams of methamphetamine
- 16 Xanax pills
- 486 grams of Marijuana
- $500 in cash
- Large amount of suspected stolen property, burglary tools and a full faced skull mask
Everson Police said at the time that some of the firearms were too rusted to see a serial number or it appeared some serial numbers had been scratched off.
The driver did have an active no contact order which prohibited him from legally possessing firearms.
Today, August 31st, Everson Police arrested and booked the driver, identified as Dmitriy A Varkentin, age 36 and of Maple Falls, into Whatcom County Jail charged with suspicion of the following crimes.
- multiple counts of unlawful possession of firearms
- possession of a counterfeit substance
- illegal carrying, exhibiting or drawing a weapon
Varkentin remains in custody at the jail pending a preliminary appearance in Whatcom County Superior Court.
At the time of his latest arrest, Varkentin was already facing multiple felony charges in Whatcom and Skagit County Superior Courts in 4 separate cases stemming from incidents dating back to 2020.