Posted: July 15, 2010 2:44:34 PM PDTOn Thursday July 15, 2010 at 11:30 AM the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force* (DTF) & the Lynden Police Department served a search warrant on a house in the 8500 block of Bender Road in Lynden. The house has been the source of numerous citizen complaints regarding drug activity for many months. The Lynden Police Department brought the house to the DTF's attention approximately one year ago. Since that time an agent for the DTF was able to purchase marijuana, from the resident of the house, on three occasions. During service of the warrant DTF Detectives discovered a home made incendiary device. The Bellingham Police Department Hazardous Devices Unit responded and extracted the device to a safe location for destruction.Lynden Police Chief Jack Foster said, "Lynden is a smaller department with limited resources to deal with an ongoing problem of this nature. This is an excellent example of inter-agency cooperation. We hope this will stand as a clear message to everyone that drug dealing will not be tolerated within the City of Lynden."Arrested without incident was Jeffery Wick, DOB 07-28-70 of 8564 Bender Road Lynden, WA 98264. Wick was booked into the Whatcom County Jail on three counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance (marijuana); one count Manufacture/Cultivation of Marijuana; one count Possession of Marijuana with intent to Sell; one count Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine; and one count Possession of an Incendiary Device.During the search 150 marijuana plants were seized, a small amount of methamphetamine, and $1,200 in cash.Assisting the DTF and Lynden Police were Deputies from the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office and The Bellingham Police Department's Hazardous Devices Unit.*The Northwest Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of personnel from the Whatcom County Prosecutor's Office, Whatcom County Sheriff's Office, Bellingham Police Department, Ferndale Police Department, the Washington State Patrol, the U.S. Border Patrol, and the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Media Contact: DTF Commander, Lieutenant Rick Sucee, (360) 778-8444