Sheriff: Oglethorpe deputy caught selling meth in patrol car

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Cpl. John Raymond Parker

A former Oglethorpe County sheriff’s deputy was arrested and charged for his involvement in a drug operation in Comer that led to the arrest of an alleged methamphetamine dealer.

Cpl. John Raymond Parker faces charges of possession of two controlled substances, possession of a firearm during a felony crime and violating the oath of a public officer.

According to Comer Police, Parker was arrested on July 13 after an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation led to the arrest of Mitchell David Brooks. After receiving information about increased traffic at Brooks’ home, police executed a search warrant and seized meth and drug paraphernalia from the residence. Another man, identified as Norman Glen Goodrich, was also arrested, according to police.

Police said a cell phone found at the scene showed Parker was connected to the purchase and sale of meth. As part of the investigation, police monitored Parker for a week and witnessed him, both on-duty and off, in his patrol car conducting meth sales.

Parker is believed to have been selling the drugs for at least two or three months, authorities said.

More charges may be forthcoming as police are reviewing “100s of text messages” that Parker sent and received related to this case.

The investigation is ongoing.