Whitesburg KY

Police: Suspect’s car a meth lab



A preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. on Thursday for a Knott County man charged with making methamphetamine in the truck of his car.

Denver L. Gibson, 47, of 79 Mahala Lane, Sassafras, was arrested at 11:34 p.m. on January 4 in the parking lot of the Isom Double Kwik.

Kentucky State Police and the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department were on special patrol in Isom on Friday night when police saw a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier traveling 83 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone. Sheriff’s Lt. Brian Damron said Gibson’s car, which was heading toward Whitesburg on Highway 15, hit a median and came to a stop in the parking lot of the Isom Double Kwik.

KSP Trooper Michael Burton wrote in a citation that Gibson was clearly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“When I asked the accused to exit the vehicle he was unable to stand without holding the door to keep his balance and keep putting his hand in his right pants pocket,” wrote Burton.

Gibson had Energizer advanced lithium batteries in a pocket of his pants, according to the citation. Inside the trunk of the car, police found a green, 20-ounce bottle with a white liquid inside of it, which was located inside an orange bag, according to the citation. In the report, Burton referred to the items as a one-step meth lab.

Aqua airline tubing, 16-ounces of drain opener, household lye, Coleman camping fuel and other items used to make methamphetamine were also found in the trunk, the citation said.

Police contacted the KSP Drug Enforcement Special Investigations (DESI) unit, which cleaned up the site.

Gibson was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense), unlawful possession of meth precursors (first offense), operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs (second offense), speeding 26 miles over the speed limit, reckless driving and failure to wear seatbelts.

Gibson remains in the Letcher County Jail where bond is set at $50,000 cash.

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