A California man with an extensive criminal history in southern Oregon is believed to have trafficked several pounds of methamphetamine and heroin on a regular basis, local police say.
Gharrett Paul Parker, 33, remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail on a federal warrant alleging he sold a confidential FBI informant a little more than 100 grams of heroin, according to documents filed by an FBI special agent in U.S. District Court in Medford. However, the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force, which assisted in Parker's arrest in northern California last week, describes Parker as a "major heroin distributor" at the center of a two-year investigation involving roughly 20 suspects.
On June 22, while police and investigators attempted to serve federal arrest warrants at a Yreka motel, Parker reportedly jumped out of a second-story window barefoot and attempted to flee, according to a post about the arrest on the Medford police Facebook page. MADGE, a multi-agency drug task force based out of Medford police headquarters, assisted the FBI and Yreka police in apprehending Parker.
Parker allegedly had a pound of heroin and a pound of methamphetamine in his possession when he was arrested, according to Medford police. Parker was briefly hospitalized for wounds sustained to his lower legs while attempting to flee.
Parker has a Sacramento address listed in Jackson County Circuit Court, though earlier cases list a Stockton address. Medford police believe that Parker had been conducting drug sales to Southern Oregon from the Stockton, California, area, but rarely came to Oregon to conduct the sales.
In a court document filed by the FBI, Parker allegedly used different players to collect the money and deliver the drugs, such as such as co-suspects Keishon Lemar Coilton and Raeonna Monet Hayes.
Parker and Coilton made court appearances Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Medford on charges of conspiring to deliver more than 100 grams of heroin and possessing heroin with intent to distribute, according to court documents.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke ordered they remain lodged in the Jackson County Jail. For Parker, Clarke cited reasons that included prior failures to appear, prior criminal history, the nature of the offense and his behavior during the arrest. Parker is accused by the FBI of orchestrating at at least two drug buys in Yreka totaling $5,500.
Parker is separately charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with delivering and possessing heroin in June 2017 with co-suspect Malik Dunbar, who has a warrant out for his arrest. Oregon court records show that Parker has prior convictions including unauthorized use of a vehicle in 2006, delivering cocaine in 2007, delivering heroin within 1,000 feet of a school and felon in possession of a firearm in 2011 and fourth-degree assault consisting of domestic violence in 2012.
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