On September 27, 2011, the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force (NWRDTF) completed a four-month long investigation into a heroin dealer operating out of theFerndale,Washingtonarea. Over the course of the investigation, an agent of the NWRDTF purchased heroin from the suspect on multiple occasions.
On Tuesday, September 27, the NWRDTF served a search warrant on the suspect’s residence located in the 1900 block ofTrigg Road,Ferndale,Washington. The suspect was taken into custody without incident, as well as a second associate. Detectives seized approximately one pound of heroin from within the residence, as well as $1,100 US currency and a loaded handgun.
The primary suspect in this investigation is George Villaluz Jr., a 44 year old male who lives at1942 Trigg Road. He was arrested and booked into the Whatcom County Jail on investigation of the following charges:
Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Heroin (4 counts)
Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver
Possession of a Schedule 3 Controlled Substance
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree
Maintaining a Premises for Drug Purposes
Villaluz also has an extensive criminal background with 11 felony convictions including Robbery and multiple counts of Assault.
A second suspect was also arrested. He was identified as Ismael Esparza-Nunez, a 24 year old male who lives in Mt. Vernon, Washington. Esparza-Nunez was arrested on the investigation of Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver. An immigration detainer was also placed on Esparza-Nunez by the US Border Patrol after it was discovered that he is illegally in theUnited States.
The Drug Task Force was assisted in this investigation by the Ferndale Police Department, US Border Patrol and ICE.
Sheriff Elfo said:
“Over the past year, Whatcom County has experienced a rise in heroin related deaths, overdoses and criminal violence. Here we have an 11 time convicted felon, armed with a loaded handgun, dealing heroin out of a home in a residential neighborhood. Law enforcement and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office are going to be relentless in pursuing these types of investigations and prosecutions.”