Police: Bellingham man arrested with nearly $10K in heroin


BELLINGHAM - Police say they arrested a Bellingham man with almost four ounces of heroin - worth about $9,700 on the street - after watching a suspected drug deal in the 1900 block of King Street.

Detectives from Bellingham Police Department's Special Investigations Unit arrested Richard W. Miller, 66, and booked him into Whatcom County Jail Feb. 13 on suspicion of delivery of a controlled substance, possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine and driving with a suspended license, according to a department news release. Miller was also booked on additional counts of delivering heroin in connection with investigations started in November 2013.

Police also arrested Annika M. Hicks, 23, and booked her into jail for possession of heroin after she said she purchased heroin from Miller just before detectives approached her Thursday, according to the release.

Miller was arrested in early December 2013 after officers searched him on two occasions and found heroin, according to court documents. At the time, Miller admitted to "slinging heroin" on Samish and said he regularly buys two ounces of the drug every other day from a supplier and sells it to several people around town, court documents allege.

Miller posted a $25,000 bail bond for his Dec. 8 release in that case, which is still ongoing.

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