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Gharrett Paul Parker, left, and Keshar Lemar Coilton

Arrests follow alleged heroin sales to FBI informant

Two men are behind bars for their suspected roles delivering roughly 1,000 doses of heroin to an FBI informant in a northern California motel room, allegedly under the belief the drugs were destined for the Medford area.

Gharrett Paul Parker, 33, and Keishon Lemar Coilton, 22, were lodged in Jackson County Jail earlier this week on charges of conspiring to deliver more than 100 grams of heroin and possessing heroin with intent to distribute, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Medford, alleging involvement in at least two drug buys totaling $5,500 in Yreka, California.

The confidential informant allegedly arranged heroin deals on May 9 and 22 through Parker, with handoffs in Yreka to Coilton and another person, according to a court document filed by an FBI special agent based in Medford. The FBI said the Medford-based informant had dealings going back roughly three years.

On May 9, the informant sent a text message to Parker ordering two ounces of heroin, according to the FBI. At a Yreka Motel 6 room, Parker allegedly collected $2,200 from the informant. A woman delivered 42.22 grams of heroin to the informant.

On May 22, the informant ordered three ounces of heroin. Parker allegedly directed the informant to meet Coilton at a Yreka Chevron station. Coilton got in the informant's passenger seat and told the informant to take him to a nearby Starbucks while Parker followed behind, parking at a business across the street while the informant exchanged $3,300 for 61.29 grams of heroin.

Coilton was lodged in jail Thursday and Parker was lodged in jail Friday, jail records show. Both are being held without bail.

Parker separately faces felony counts of delivering and possessing heroin in Jackson County Circuit Court that follow a Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force arrest; however, further details in the state court case were not immediately available Saturday.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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