Oglethorpe deputy arrested on drug charge

An investigation into the activities of an alleged methamphetamine dealer in Comer uncovered surprising evidence that a deputy from the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office possibly bought drugs from the suspect, authorities said Monday.

 

Comer police arrested the alleged dealer on July 10. Three days later officers arrested Oglethorpe sheriff’s Cpl. John Raymond Parker on charges of possessing a controlled prescription drug, possession of a firearm during a felony crime and violating the oath of a public officer.

“The investigation concluded and there was evidence of the deputy buying drugs while on duty to include video, photos and text messages,” Oglethorpe County Sheriff David Gabriel said on his Facebook page.

Parker, 45, of Commerce was arrested July 13 after a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent met with him at the sheriff’s office in Crawford. He was incarcerated in the Madison County Jail and released the next day on a $17,700 bond. He had worked for the sheriff’s office since March 2015.

Gabriel said Monday he terminated Parker’s employment the day of his arrest.

The arrest stemmed from an undercover investigation conducted by the Comer Police Department that led to the arrest of Mitchell David Brooks, 39, of Comer. Police also seized a dozen guns at Brooks’ home on Hill Street, according to officers.

Comer Police Chief Kyle Roberts said police served a search warrant on Brooks’ home and on his cell phone, where police found evidence showing an interaction between Brooks and Parker.

“Actual drug transactions were located on (Brooks’) cell phone,” Roberts said.

When this evidence surfaced, Roberts said the Oglethorpe sheriff and the GBI were notified. The Northern Circuit District Attorney’s Office also joined to examine the evidence, according to Roberts.

Parker was “seen riding around in his patrol car on his days off and he was seen riding around in the city of Comer on the days he was supposed to be working. Once we found the text messages, everything fell into place,” Roberts said.

The chief said he was proud of the way all four agencies worked together on the case.

 

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