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Police: Man made meth

A Knott County man was arrested at Isom and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine after police stopped him driving an all-terrain vehicle on the highway.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Branden Watts was patrolling at Isom about 3 p.m. Monday when he saw a red ATV operating on the highway and made a traffic stop of the vehicle.

Upon contacting the operator, Watts identified him as Denver Gibson, 56, of Redfox. According to police, Gibson was exhibiting signs of impairment and Watts administered field sobriety tests, after which he placed Gibson under arrest. A search produced a handgun as well as camping fuel, liquid fire, coffee filters, tubing, salt, cold packs and 113 pseudoephedrine tablets, all consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Gibson was placed into the Letcher County Jail and charged with operating an ATV on the highway, manufacturing methamphetamine (second offense or greater), possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, operating a vehicle under the influence (first offense), possession of drug paraphernalia, no operator’s license and failure to produce insurance.

The incident remains under investigation by Trooper Watts.

While methamphetamine was once commonly found here, police say manufacture of methamphetamine locally has been on the decline as purer meth produced by drug cartels and smuggled in from Georgia, Alabama, Michigan and northern Kentucky has become more plentiful.

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