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Men get prison for selling drugs in Southern Oregon

Two California men were sentenced to prison Thursday for trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine to Southern Oregon.

Gharrett Paul Parker, 36, and Keshone Lemar Coilton, 24, were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Medford for their roles in a drug ring that distributed pounds of methamphetamine and heroin from California to the Rogue Valley between January and June 2018.

Parker reportedly orchestrated a team of drug runners that included Coilton to deliver meth and heroin into Southern Oregon on a regular basis, according to documents filed last week by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Delph.

“In doing so, Parker was directly and substantially contributing to the opioid epidemic in Southern Oregon,” Parker wrote Aug. 21 ahead of Parker’s sentencing hearing.

On the night of June 21, 2018, after months of undercover drug deals, FBI agents, the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force and Yreka police descended on a Yreka motel.

Parker reportedly broke out a window and jumped barefoot from a window on the second floor in an effort to evade capture. Police and federal agents found Parker hiding under a nearby porch.

Parker’s criminal history goes back nearly two decades and includes a 2004 involuntary manslaughter conviction for slamming a person’s head into the ground, and he has prior drug and domestic violence convictions from 2011 and 2012, according to Delph.

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane sentenced Parker to 110 months in prison, following a deal negotiated between Delph and Parker’s court appointed defense lawyer Terry Kolkey.

McShane sentenced Coilton to 5 years in prison for his role in the drug ring, followed by 5 years of supervised release. McShane said he could revisit the post-prison supervision sentence depending on the progress Coilton makes.

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

Gharrett Paul Parker, left, and Keshar Lemar Coilton were sentenced to prison for trafficking large quantities of meth and heroin from California to Southern Oregon. Jackson County Jail booking photos.