Bellingham cocaine dealer caught with $60,000 in cash, drugs


BELLINGHAM - A cocaine dealer caught with more than $60,000 in drugs and cash at his Fairhaven apartment has pleaded guilty and could face 2½ years in prison.

Between January and May 2012, Gabriel Garcia Love, 31, sold cocaine six times to an undercover informant working with Bellingham police, according to charging documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court.

Love, 31, has pleaded guilty to five counts of delivery of cocaine and one count of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, accepting a plea bargain that would put him in prison for 2½ years. His sentencing hearing is set for June 13.

About a week after the final purchase, officers got a warrant to search Love's apartment in the 1400 block of 10th Street. They found a half-pound of cocaine, worth about $20,000, and $40,000 cash. Some of those U.S. bills had been used to purchase the cocaine over the previous few months.

Love pleaded guilty last week to six counts of delivery of cocaine, a class B felony. He had no felony history.

This story was updated April 23.

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