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.
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.
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.