Task Force Arrests Suspect in Southern Oregon Drug Trafficking

Although transporting drugs into Oregon, police say that the suspect has been hiding out in Yreka, California.

Posted: Jun 26, 2018 2:26 PM

YREKA, Calif. — An accused drug trafficker has been tracked down and arrested in Yreka for flooding drugs into southern Oregon, according to the Medford Police Department (MPD).

33-year-old Gharrett Parker of Stockton, California is a familiar face to law enforcement in the Rogue Valley, but MPD says that he has been wary of the area since his last prison stay. Parker was previously arrested for methamphetamine and heroin sales, and served time for those crimes.

Since his release, MPD says, Parker resumed his drug trafficking—but he used about 20 other individuals to deliver the drugs to local dealers. MPD believes that Parker was responsible for several pounds of heroin and methamphetamine per month entering the Valley.

After a two-year investigation, officers from Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) gained federal arrest warrants for Parker. On June 22, MADGE teamed up with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Yreka law enforcement to descend on Parker's motel room in Yreka.

When officers arrived at the room, Parker attempted to jump out of a second-story window—hitting the ground hard with no shoes on. He was quickly apprehended and brought to the hospital for treatment of the injuries on his lower legs.

Detectives found over a pound of both heroin and meth in Parker's motel, and several other people from the Stockton area were detained at the time. The investigation is ongoing, according to MPD.

Parker remains in the Jackson County jail, where he is being held on federal charges.

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