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Task Force investigation in Bellingham leads to arrest for delivery of fentanyl-laced pills

Items found when serving a search warrant on a suspected drug dealer (May 24, 2023). Photo courtesy of Whatcom County Sheriff's Office.

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Earlier this month, the Whatcom Gang and Drug Task Force (WGDTF) began investigating a suspected drug dealer, Daniel Little, age 35, who was believed to be staying at a Bellingham motel. Yesterday, Wednesday, May 24th, he was arrested and booked into the Whatcom County Jail.

According to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), on May 17th, detectives observed Little as he met with a subject in the 100 block of S Samish Way in a suspected drug transaction. Detectives then directed WCSO deputies to stop the subject who had met with Little. Deputies found about 100 suspected fentanyl-laced pills in the subject’s possession. The subject told deputies they had just purchased the pills from “Savvy,” a nickname detectives believed Little used.

Detectives then developed probable cause for the arrest of Little for the delivery of the suspected fentanyl-laced pills. Detectives later developed probable cause to believe that Little was staying in a specific room at the Bellingham motel and were granted a search warrant for his room.

On May 24th, WCSO uniformed deputies contacted Little in his room and arrested him for the earlier delivery of the fentanyl-laced pills. While executing the search warrant of the motel room, detectives located over 500 suspected fentanyl-laced pills, as well as a small quantity of suspected fentanyl powder along with scales and packaging material commonly used to distribute controlled substances. Detectives also located a loaded, 9mm handgun and approximately $769.

Little was booked into the Whatcom County Jail charged with delivery of a controlled substance (fentanyl), possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (fentanyl) and 2nd-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

As of May 25th, Little remained in custody at the jail pending being able to post a $25,000 bond or $2,500 in cash.

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