Last week, Steve Parker, a 57-year-old pastor from Skagit County, Washington, was arrested and charged with distributing methamphetamine, fentanyl, and cocaine. According to court documents, Parker had been dealing drugs in Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties. The news of Parker’s arrest came as a shock to many in the community, as he had been a pastor at a local church for over two decades. In a statement to KIRO7 News, a spokesperson for the Skagit County Interlocal Drug Enforcement Unit said, “It is disturbing to hear that someone who is a leader of his community and a faith leader could be involved in the sale and distribution of illegal drugs.” The investigation into Parker’s activities began when detectives received a tip that he was dealing drugs. After conducting surveillance of his residence, detectives obtained a search warrant and uncovered nearly three pounds of methamphetamine, fentanyl, and cocaine. In addition to the drugs, detectives also found evidence of money laundering at the residence. According to The Blaze, Parker admitted to detectives that he had been leading a “double life” and that he had been dealing drugs for some time. He also bragged that he was a “good drug dealer.” The news of Parker’s arrest has garnered attention from both local and national media outlets. Many have expressed concern over the drug dealer pastor and what his arrest means for the community. In a statement to KIRO7 News, a local resident said, “It’s a shame because people like him are supposed to be role models for our kids and our community.” The pastor's arrest serves as a wake-up call for all of us to be vigilant in our communities and to report any suspicious activities to the authorities. Drug dealing and money laundering are serious crimes that harm not only the individuals involved but also the wider community. It is essential that we all work together to bring those responsible to justice and to create a safer community for everyone. This is a developing story, and more information will be released as it becomes available. Meanwhile, the community is left to come to terms with the shocking news and to ponder the question of how someone who was supposed to be a leader and a moral compass could have been involved in such illegal activities.