A jail employee noticed a man jump out of a small truck on the south end of the jail early Tuesday morning, then run toward the building and fire an arrow, said Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks. Further investigation revealed the man had attached a bag of marijuana and other contraband to the shaft and attempted to shoot the arrow through a mesh screen on the upper floor of the jail into the outdoor recreation area.
Instead, the arrow landed on the jail's roof, where it was recovered by deputies.
Investigators tracked their suspected pot-smuggling archer to a nearby home and arrested David W. Jordan, Parks said.
Jordan was quite uncooperative and went on various rants, Parks said, but eventually did admit to shooting the arrow, claiming he was hunting squirrels.
The squirrels are safe for now though, as Jordan is being held for investigation of obstructing officers and attempting to deliver contraband to a correctional facility, Parks said.
Parks added people have tried various ways over the years to smuggle drugs in to the jail, "but that certainly wasn't a very effective one."