March 1, 2017

Archives for June 2012

Another example of successful, proactive patrol work!

On June 14, 2012 a Deputy working a tip on a possible Marijuana Grow detected the odor of fresh marijuana emanating from a residence in the 6900 block of Vista Drive, in Ferndale. Investigation led to an admission by the occupants of the home that they indeed had an active grow operation in the house. 606 growing marijuana plants, 7.5 pounds of processed and packaged marijuana and a large amount of growing equipment were located. The occupants had also diverted power illegally from the power utility by means of by-passing the power meter.

Joseph W. Ralph (58) and his wife, Darlene F. Ralph (53) were both arrested for the felony crimes of manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to deliver, maintaining a drug premises, and defrauding a public utility.

Great work by Whatcom County’s Finest!

Fugitives from Oklahoma Captured in Whatcom County

Since yesterday, local law enforcement agencies have been searching for two suspects wanted in Oklahoma on charges of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Kidnapping and Burglary who were reportedly in the Whatcom County area. At approximately 8:00 a.m. a Whatcom County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted the two in a vehicle near Nugent’s Corner.

The deputy followed the vehicle to the area of Smith and Hannegan Roads where other Deputies and officers from the Bellingham and Everson police departments had staged to intercept the vehicle and keep innocent bystanders out of harm’s way. The Sheriffs Special Response Team was training in the area, responded and helped take the suspects into custody. The road was closed for approximately 20 minutes as a result of this incident.

Stephan E. McCoy (2-28-82) and Jana Burns (2-25-84) were booked into the Whatcom County Jail on the above charges (both suspects were warrants for all of the above charges) and will await extradition to Oklahoma.

The two have been profiled on Oklahoma’s Most Wanted.

Sheriff Bill Elfo said: “This arrest represented the third time this week that dangerous fugitives have been captured in Whatcom County. This case reflected a high level of cooperation and coordination between law enforcement officers from multiple agencies.”