— The shooting death of a Grants Pass 5-year-old last year sparked an investigation into illegal drug and firearm rings in the Rogue Valley, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation, known as “Operation Rap It Up,” has netted 26 arrests and resulted in seven search warrants since it began last year. The sheriff’s office says many of the suspects have ties and are documented gang members living or frequenting Jackson, Josephine and Klamath Counties. The operation focused on individuals who purchased guns from federally licensed firearm dealers with the intent to conceal the identity of the true intended receiver of the gun, the department said. Jon Meyer, Jr. being a prime example. Meyer was convicted of shooting and killing 5-year-old Alysa Bobbit and wounding Karen Hancock when his gun discharged, firing into the apartment above where the two victims resided. It was discovered that he partook in the “straw” purchases. Officials say the investigation uncovered drug trafficking, prostitution, straw purchasing of firearms and violent gang activity in the Rogue Valley. Investigators seized handguns, rifles, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, oxycodone and ecstasy. The suspects were charged with over 140 counts including charges for racketeering, attempted murder, assault, delivery of various controlled substances, promoting prostitution, firearms offenses and conspiracy to commit the crimes. The investigation is ongoing and officials said they anticipate more arrests and more state and federal indictments. 26 arrested in multi-agency drug, firearms case Related Stories
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