'Rap It Up' arrestee receives 10 years in prison

A Klamath Falls man who police believe was a part a large criminal enterprise with ties to Jackson County was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison on firearm and drug charges.

Earl Allen IV, 39, will also face five years of supervised probation following his release from prison Judge Owen M. Panner decided in the U.S. District Court in Medford.

Allen was convicted on federal charges of felon in possession of a weapon and possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, federal court records show.

Allen is one of at least 26 people arrested as a part of "Operation Rap It Up" in connection with a criminal enterprise that has been selling firearms illegally, dealing drugs and committing robberies in Southern Oregon since at least 2012, police said.

Some of the more than two-dozen suspects arrested in connection with the racket were apprehended last year, with others arrested within the last few weeks, Oregon Judicial Department records show.

Allen was arrested on June 30, 2013, by Rogue Area Drug Enforcement officers and Oregon State Police in Grants Pass, according to federal court records.

State police that night received a tip from a citizen informant that Allen was in possession of a pound of methamphetamine and later found him standing outside a Grants Pass Comfort Inn.

Following police serving search warrants on a pickup belonging to Allen, another vehicle linked to him and his Comfort Inn hotel room, nearly a quarter-pound of methamphetamine, scales and drug packaging materials were seized, according to a police report of the incident.

Allen was also carrying about $3,200 in cash, the report said.

In Allen's pickup a 9 mm handgun and loaded .22 caliber rifle were also located, the report said.

Allen has previous convictions of delivery of methamphetamine in 2007 and 2004 and possession of methamphetamine in 2006, records show.

Reach reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-776-4471 or swheeler@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/swhlr.

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