Ohio man accused of smuggling five pounds of meth into Michigan


FAIRFIELD, OH (WOOD/WCMH) – Police say an Ohio man was arrested in Michigan while trying to transport more than five pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

In early July, investigators from the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team received tips that a 36-year-old Ohio man was transporting large amounts of crystal methamphetamine into the Kalamazoo area.

Investigators were able to identify the suspect as Buddy Randall Parker from Fairfield, Ohio, and began a month-long investigation. They discovered he had an extensive criminal history, including several convictions for drugs and weapons.

Parker was arrested on Saturday while trying to transport around five pounds of methamphetamine from California to a Kalamazoo Township address.

During the arrest, police found a loaded handgun on Parker. Authorities also searched his vehicle at which point they found more than five pounds of crystal methamphetamine, two additional handguns and a large amount of U.S. currency. The street value of the crystal methamphetamine was more than $300,000, according to police.

Parker was arraigned Monday in Kalamazoo County District Court on several felony charges including delivery of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm, felony firearm and carrying a concealed weapon. He is being held in the Kalamazoo County Jail on a $2 million cash bond.

Kalamazoo investigators also worked with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio who executed a search warrant at the suspect’s home in Ohio. At the home they found an additional pound of meth, a rifle, three handguns, body armor and $10,000 in cash.

“I always enjoy putting people like this out of business, “Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones.  “These guys worked well together and we were more than happy to assist Kalamazoo Valley. A large seizure of weapons, drugs and money is always a good day for law enforcement.”

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