Press "Enter" to skip to content

Whatcom Sheriff’s Office arrests “mid-level drug dealer” following 3-month investigation

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office announced today, June 23rd, they had arrested a Ferndale man on drug possession with intent to deliver charges after a 3-month investigation

According to today’s announcement, the Whatcom Gang and Drug Taskforce (WGDTF) had conducted the investigation into a known mid-level drug dealer, identified as Robert Abell, age 39, from Ferndale. During the investigation, there were 4 controlled substance purchases of heroin from Abell in Whatcom County.

On June 22nd, WGDTF detectives and Criminal Interdiction Team (CIT) deputies conducted a traffic stop on Abell after observing him leave his Bellingham hotel room.

During a consensual search of the vehicle Abell was driving, heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine was located, along with a digital scale and drug packing materials. Deputies also found what they said initially appeared to be a firearm. But further inspection determined it was an Airsoft-brand toy gun.

Advertisement

Click for more information
Advertisement

Click for more information

Abell admitted to deputies he had additional drugs in his hotel room. A warranted search of the room revealed under a pound of methamphetamine, 62 grams of cocaine, and 4 grams of heroin.

  • Evidence seized during an arrest following a 3-month investigation (June 22, 2021). Photo courtesy of WCSO
  • Evidence seized during an arrest following a 3-month investigation (June 22, 2021). Photo courtesy of WCSO

Abell was arrested and booked into Whatcom County Jail charged with suspicion of delivery of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

At the time of this arrest, Able was awaiting trial in 3 cases where he was charged with suspicion of delivery of a controlled substance with intent to deliver as far back as 2018 according to court records. In all 3 cases, he had forfeited bail and had a bench warrants issued for his arrest after failing to appear at hearings.

Advertisement
Click for more information

Advertisement
Click for more information

My custom footer text