Five-pound seizure of crystal methamphetamine brings criminal charges

KALAMAZOO, MICH. (WZZM) - An Ohio man arrested with more than five pounds of crystal methamphetamine in Kalamazoo County has been indicted on federal drug and weapons charges that could put him in prison for decades.

Buddy Randal Parker, 36, was indicted this week for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and two weapons charges.  

The Fairfield, Ohio man had been on police radar for about a month before officers nabbed him outside a home in Kalamazoo Township, recovering drugs, cash and weapons.

Parker admitted to transporting the drugs, federal court records show. His home in southern Ohio is about 260 miles from Kalamazoo. The methamphetamine charge is punishable by a mandatory minimum term of five years in prison and up to 40 years.

Crystal methamphetamine, or ‘ice,’ is a popular club-drug that often enters the U.S. from Mexico. The highly-purified form of methamphetamine undergoes additional refinement to remove impurities, giving it a crystal-like appearance. The amount seized has a street value of about $300,000, police said.

Investigators received information Parker would be delivering five pounds of crystal methamphetamine to a home on Gayle Street in Kalamazoo Township, federal court documents show.

He arrived in Kalamazoo driving a GMC Yukon with an Ohio license plate.  Parker checked into the Baymont Inn & Suites in Oshtemo Township on July 23 and was seen entering the hotel carrying two black bags, according to a criminal complaint filed  Aug. 1 by Drug Enforcement Administration Officer Justin Wonders.

Members of the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team (KVET) watched as he returned to the Yukon carrying a “heavy-looking’’ black bag, Wonders wrote.

He was stopped after pulling into the driveway on Gayle Street, about seven miles from the hotel. Parker had a loaded .357-calber revolver in his waistband; two other handguns were found in the vehicle, Wonders wrote.

Because of a prior felony conviction in Ohio, Parker is prohibited from having a firearm.  He had a hotel card key and $5,000 in cash. An estimated 5-½ pounds of crystal methamphetamine was retrieved from the Yukon, along with a large digital scale, court records show.

“Parker stated that he had been in Kentucky delivering large amounts of Ice prior to delivering the five pounds of crystal methamphetamine to Michigan,’’ Wonders wrote in the criminal complaint.

Parker was initially charged in Kalamazoo District Court, but prosecution has now been turned over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Grand Rapids. 


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