A multi-agency investigation dubbed “Operation Rap It Up” that uncovered drug trafficking, prostitution, organized purchasing of firearms and violent gang activity in Jackson, Josephine and Klamath Counties is wrapping up.
31 suspects have been indicted on state and federal drug and firearms charges with 26 arrested.
The investigation began nearly two years ago after five-year-old Alysa Bobbit was killed and Karen Hancock was wounded when Jon Meyer discharged a fully automatic rifle in an apartment in Grants Pass.
It was discovered that Meyer was involved in purchasing firearms from a licensed firearms dealer for the purpose of concealing the identity of the true receiver of the firearm. A string of purchases from Josephine and Jackson counties ended up in crime scenes in California.
During the investigation, authorities thwarted two separate murder plots, numerous robbery plans and intervened during a felony assault. Investigators have seized handguns, rifles, and lots of drugs resulting in over 140 counts of racketeering, attempted murder, firearms offenses, promoting prostitution and conspiracy charges from the Jackson county Grand Jury.
All local Police departments including Grants Pass assisted along with the ATF, DEA and the Oregon Department of Justice.