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Jury wants meth dealer to serve 10-year sentence

A Letcher Circuit Court jury recommended that a Pistol City man be sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted late Tuesday afternoon on two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine.

The jury found Dwight Gibson, 24, guilty of selling less than two grams of meth on two separate occasions, the first of which occurred on May 23, 2017. The jury recommends that Gibson be sentenced to five years in prison on each count, and that he serve each term consecutively.

The trial, prosecuted by Asst. Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Watts, lasted two days. Gibson was one of 21 suspects arrested here in September 2017 at the end of a Kentucky State Police drug investigation that began early in 2016.

Among the witnesses testifying for the prosecution were KSP Detectives Wes Sandlin and Chad Easterling, who conducted the investigation. Jurors were able to watch video of a “controlled buy” during which Gibson gave the drugs to a female informant in exchange for money.

Watts praised the efforts of Sandlin and Easterling, both in conducting the investigation for helping get a conviction against Gibson.

“They really did a good job on this case,” he said.

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