Local man admits drug charges
A Madras man, Gabriel Dewayne Walker, 35, has been arraigned on charges related to the possession, manufacture and delivery of methamphetamine.
According to the affidavit in support of arrest, Walker, who had been employed by Warm Springs Telecom since September 2011, was under investigation by the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team.
Walker was pulled over by a Warm Springs police officer on U.S. Highway 26 and Northwest Columbia Drive around 5:19 p.m. April 6, to serve a search warrant.
When the officer informed Walker of the reason for the stop, and told him that a narcotics dog would be searching his vehicle, Walker told the officer that there was no need for the dog.
"Gabriel Walker then began to say it is under the front seat," wrote the investigating officer, who then advised Walker of his Miranda rights. "Gabriel Walker told me he had about '5 grams of meth' in a black container under the driver's seat."
The dog alerted to the presence of the narcotics as the Warm Springs officer and a Crook County Sheriff's Office deputy searched the vehicle. The search uncovered the container, which held a clear plastic bag with a crystal substance, along with a digital scale.
The law enforcement officers then found a black, 9 mm 790 pistol in a child safety seat, attached to the center of the back seat. The pistol, covered by debris, was within reach of the driver's seat.
Walker told the officer that the gun was his and he kept it in the seat so that he "could keep an eye on it."
After the officer transported Walker to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, the officer asked again if Walker understood his rights, and he responded in the affirmative.
In talking with the officer, Walker said that he had been buying and selling methamphetamine since March 2017, typically in quarter- to half-ounce packets, which he broke down into smaller amounts to sell.
At the same time that the interview was taking place, the CODE team executed a search warrant on Walker's residence at 590 SE Conifer Court, in Madras. Detectives found another scale, a white substance inside a glass container, plastic bags with residue and broken glass smoking devices. The white substance from the vehicle and the house both tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.
Walker was arrested and charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class B felony, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, a Class C felony, and unlawful possession of a firearm, a Class A misdemeanor. He was taken into custody on April 6, and granted a conditional release on April 9. Security was set at $125,000, but he was not required to pay, based on the conditional release.