Bail set at $51,000 for alleged Oxy dealer

Recorded phone call, undercover informant helped police nab Parr

Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A 31-year-old man was in court Tuesday on charges he sold OxyContin to an undercover informant.

Anthony Parr was arrested Monday for misconduct involving a controlled substance. He has also been charged with violating conditions of release, a misdemeanor, stemming from a December 2008 arrest for selling OxyContin. Bail was set at $51,000

According to court documents, an undercover informant called the Juneau Police Department May 16 to inform investigators that Parr had asked her if she or anyone she knew wanted to buy OxyContin. He allegedly said he would sell an 80-milligram pill for $150.

The informant, listed in court documents as JQ9, met with investigators on Monday and placed a recorded telephone call to Parr to inquire about acquiring OxyContin. Parr told JQ9 he could get the pills for $160 each. The informant requested four 80-milligram pills.

About 1:15 p.m. Monday, police followed the informant to Twin Lakes where Parr's vehicle was parked, according to reports. JQ9 got into the front passenger seat and the defendant allegedly said he had three OxyContin pills to sell for $480, but that he could get more in about 15 minutes. According to the court documents, JQ9 gave Parr $480 for three greenish pills with "OC" on one side and "80" on the other.

The informant turned over the pills to police, who subsequently arrested Parr. At Parr's arraignment Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Jack Schmidt asked for Judge Keith Levy to impose a significant cash bail because the defendant had violated his condition of release and "given his significant addiction as well as his very lengthy involvement in the distribution of OxyContin."

Schmidt said Parr had indicated to investigators that he had been threatened by his drug source. There were also telephone communications between Parr and his girlfriend indicating that he was intending to run and hide, Schmidt said.

Schmidt said throughout the last couple of years there have been a number of postal inspectors of packages mailed to Parr containing more than 500 pills, but prosecutors were unable to tie to the defendant because the packages were not actually delivered.

"Mr. Parr had also indicated that he sells between 500 and 100 pills a day," he said.

Public defender Eric Hedland said he had not seen such information and said, "what is alleged here are distributing small quantities."

Parr is being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

• Contact reporter Eric Morrison at 523-2269 or eric.morrison@juneauempire.com.



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