Man arrested at Vancouver hotel; fentanyl, meth, guns, found money

A 37-year-old man was arrested Friday at a Vancouver hotel where police found 300 fentanyl pills, half a pound of methamphetamine, $1,100 in cash and three handguns, one of which was stolen, in a room where he was staying.

Frank L. Hamlin, whose address is not listed, appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Monday on suspicion of second degree unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possess a stolen firearm. His bond has been set at $10,000 and he is scheduled for arraignment on August 5.

Vancouver police responded at 4:52 p.m. at the Best Western Plus at 9420 NE Vancouver Mall Drive. Hotel staff told officers the occupant of the room was Hamlin, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Police discovered Hamlin had multiple warrants for his arrest for failing to appear in court in Clackamas and Washington counties in Oregon, court records show.

Hotel staff received several complaints from other guests who said it smelled like something was burning in Hamlin’s room, according to the affidavit. Staff told officers they saw Hamlin enter the room on CCTV and did not come out.

The staff called the room and asked the occupants to come to reception as their reservation had been cancelled. When Hamlin got off, police arrested him, according to court records.

When officers entered the room, they found several large bags of blue pills they believed to be fentanyl, the affidavit states.

Hamlin reportedly asked officers to get him some clothes before taking him to jail, and an officer looked inside a gym bag in the room. The officer found three firearms inside the bag, along with Hamlin’s ID and several credit cards, according to court records. One of the guns was stolen from Portland.

Officers also found a small digital scale, plastic bags, a large quantity of blue pills and a large quantity of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, the affidavit states.


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Sandy A. Greer