A Bellingham, Washington, man is behind bars for trying to shoot an arrow loaded with marijuana into the second floor recreation area of the Whatcom County Jail last week, after his over-shot pot landed on the facility’s roof, where it was discovered by deputies.
According to a report in The Bellingham Herald newspaper, a civilian jail employee witnessed David Wayne Jordan step out of his red Ford pickup on the morning of August 27 on the south side of the jail while carrying a hunting bow. He then allegedly shot a single arrow upward toward the second-floor fresh-air exercise area for inmates.
When deputies arrived at Jordan’s home armed with a search warrant, they found the bow still inside his pickup. According to the sheriff’s report, Jordan initially tried to keep investigators from entering his residence.
When interrogated, Jordan, 36, told authorities he was aiming at a squirrel when his bowshot went awry.
“He had no explanation as to why squirrel hunting requires attaching marijuana to an arrow,” said Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo, with tongue firmly implanted in cheek.
If fired at a perfect angle and velocity, the sheriff surmised, an arrow could have possibly entered the jail’s recreation area through the mesh screen.
No one was in that part of the detention facility when the arrow was allegedly fired.
We can only surmise that Jordan spent insufficient time on the practice range, launching arrows containing additional grain weight in the form of a doobie-sized baggie.
The suspect had been released from the jail just days before going, uh, squirrel hunting, after serving a 20-day jail sentence for two counts of assault and one count of resisting arrest.
He was rebooked Tuesday on suspicion of introducing contraband to a corrections facility in the third degree, resisting arrest and obstructing law enforcement.