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Sudden Valley man pleads guilty to multiple charges, sentenced to 8 years in prison

Evidence reportedly seized after a traffic stop involving a convicted felon (March 23, 2023). Source: Bellingham Police Department

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Dustin Tyler Owen recently pled guilty to multiple felony charges in Whatcom County Superior Court and was sentenced on September 14th to 8 years in custody followed by 18 months of community custody.

Owen pled guilty to the following charges.

  • 2nd-degree assault with a deadly weapon
  • 4 counts of possession of controlled substances
  • 2 counts of possession of controlled substances (amphetamine or meth) with intent to manufacture/deliver
  • 4 counts of 1st-degree unlawful firearm possession

In 2022, Whatcom News reported Owen was arrested on numerous charges after receiving a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a Bellingham hotel and again on additional felony charges. He was again arrested in March of this year following a traffic stop by a Bellingham Police Department patrol officer which resulted in multiple new charges and the seizure thousands of fentanyl pills.

In each instance, he had been out of custody after posting appearance bonds while awaiting trial in multiple court cases. Some of the bonds had been revoked after he failed to appear in court and warrants for his arrest were issued.

Owen was transferred from Whatcom County Jail to the custody of the Washington State Department of Corrections on September 19th according to jail records.

Owen has prior felony convictions dating back to 2014 for possession of controlled substances, attempting to elude a police vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and 2nd degree assault.

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