Owner of Bellingham repair shop accused of trading cocaine for iPods


BELLINGHAM - A well-known iPod and Macintosh computer repairman in Bellingham has been arrested on suspicion of trading cocaine for Apple products.

Blair Alan Hewitt, 36, sold small amounts of the drug to an undercover detective three times in the past month, said Bellingham Police Sgt. Keith Johnson.

Police had taken several drug-related complaints about Hewitt earlier in the year. So over the course of about four months, a detective built up business rapport with Hewitt by selling him iPods and iPhones for resale.

Now Hewitt is accused of trading cocaine to the detective for Apple products, at roughly street value, on Nov. 20, Nov. 22 and Dec. 4. He was arrested at the repair shop, 840 N. State St., around 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Police expect Hewitt will be charged with three counts of cocaine delivery.

Blair's iPod Repair has been in business for about eight years. Hewitt advertised refurbished Apple products for cheap - $120 for an iPhone 5, for example - and offered two- or three-day repairs for cracked touchscreens.

Reviewers on Google gave Blair's Repair a respectable overall rating of 4.1 stars with 46 reviews. Ten of those reviews, however, gave him the lowest rating possible, complaining of defective products and bad batteries.

Since May 2012, the Better Business Bureau logged four complaints against Hewitt's repair shop, three of which were resolved.

Hewitt planned to start a bagel business, Blair's Bagels, in the same block as the iPod repair shop. Blair's Repair briefly moved to James Street but moved back to State Street.

Detectives expect to arrest a second person accused of selling cocaine with Hewitt. No details about that person have been released.

Reach Caleb Hutton at 360-715-2276 or caleb.hutton@bellinghamherald.com. Read his Dispatcher Blog at bellinghamherald.com/dispatcher-blog or follow him on Twitter at @bhamcrime.

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