Posted: March 15, 2012 7:11:40 PM PDT
Bellingham, Wa. ----- On March 15, 2012 Bellingham Police served search warrants at several locations in Bellingham and in Skagit County. The search warrants were the result of a three month investigation into the illegal distribution and manufacture of marijuana at marijuana cooperatives in Bellingham. After numerous citizen complaints regarding these organizations, police investigated and determined that these were no more than a front for illegal drug activity. The City of Bellingham revoked the business registrations of the cooperatives in December due to the illegal activity. The cooperatives continued to operate and on March 9, 2012 the cooperatives were given letters directing them to cease operation. They refused to comply.
Today, search warrants were served on 1311 Cornwall Avenue (Northern Cross), 1130 Finnegan Avenue (KGB), 1311 11th Street (The Joint), 7008 Hobson Road and 19652 Parsons Creek Road. The latter two locations are in Skagit County and believed to be the grow source of some of the marijuana sold at the cooperatives.
The following individuals were arrested and booked into the Whatcom County Jail for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
Saroj Sidhu 5.25.90
Martin O. Nickerson 3.21.77
Dennis M. Crowley 3.21.77
Heather M. Kimber 3.28.75
Jennifer M. Detmering 10.2.77
Bellingham Police Chief Todd G. Ramsay said, "This is a complicated case, but simply stated, these arrests are the result of these businesses operating in violation of Washington State and Federal drug laws.
The Bellingham Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit led the investigation and was assisted by various other units of the Bellingham Police Department, the Skagit County Inter-Local Drug Enforcement Unit and the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office
For more information concerning this press release, please contact Public Information Officer Mark Young.
Public Information Officer
Bellingham Police Department