Hawkins County couple accused of dealing pills from safe-deposit box
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#1 May 24, 2010
By Jeff Bobo
Published May 24th, 2010 | Added May 24th, 2010 8:55 pm | 0 Comments
ROGERSVILLE — Acting on a tip from a confidential informant, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office detectives nabbed a Stanley Valley couple last week accused of dealing pills from their bank safe-deposit box in Rogersville.
According to a HCSO report released Monday, Sgt. Chad Gillenwater received a tip last Wednesday about 1:30 p.m. that Joann Maretta Benton-Gibson, 54, 215 Stanley Valley Road, Lot 15, Rogersville, would be going to the U.S. Bank on Route 66 in Rogersville to retrieve various pills from her safe-deposit box.
The tipster said Benton-Gibson would be taking the pills back to the bank parking lot, where she would be selling a portion of them. The tipster also said Benton-Gibson usually put the proceeds from the sale back into her safe-deposit box.
Within a few minutes, Gillenwater and Sgt. David Benton had positioned themselves where they could maintain constant visual surveillance of the bank.
About 2 p.m., Benton-Gibson arrived at the bank as a passenger in a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier. The driver was later identified as her husband, Johnny Dwayne “J.D.” Gibson, 59, also of 215 Stanley Valley Road, Lot 15, Rogersville.
There was also a female in the back seat of the Cavalier later identified as Cynthia Marie Herron, 28, 120 Bloomer Lane, Rogersville.
Gibson and Benton-Gibson were observed to walk into the bank together and then walk out again and get back into the vehicle. As they exited the bank, Benton-Gibson was reportedly observed to be holding something white cupped in her hand.
Gibson then drove the trio through an adjacent store parking lot and pulled into a parking spot.
A HCSO press release stated,“As Mr. Gibson was traveling through the parking lot, Sgt. Gillenwater was able to observe Mrs. Gibson hand something over the seat to the back seat female passenger.”
Shortly after Gibson parked the car, a minivan pulled up beside the Cavalier. Benton-Gibson then reportedly exited the car and approached the van’s driver’s side window and handed something to the driver.
At that point, officers approached both vehicles and made contact with the suspects. They learned that Benton-Gibson had handed cash to the driver of the van, and no drugs were involved in the exchange, so the occupants of the van weren’t charged.
Herron was allegedly observed to have a white Lortab pill in her hand, and a syringe was also observed in plain view.
Benton-Gibson allegedly told the detectives she’d removed various pills from her safe-deposit box and given them to her husband. She was found to have $149 in cash in her possession, which was seized.
Upon being questioned, Gibson allegedly produced a pill bottle that contained an unspecified quantity of Lortab, oxymorphone, Xanax, morphine and other assorted pills.
Gibson then signed a consent to search form for the safe-deposit box. Inside deputies allegedly found an unspecified quantity of pills of the same type as those found in Gibson’s pill bottle.
The box also contained $2,877.76 in cash, as well as handwritten ledgers that stated the cash price for each type of pill, police said.
The cash, pills, ledger and Gibsons’ vehicle were all seized.
The Gibsons were each charged with delivery of a controlled substance and violation of the Tennessee Drug Control Act.
Herron was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of Schedule III narcotics, possession of Schedule IV narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Gibsons were released on bond Wednesday. Herron was released on bond Thursday.
#2 May 24, 2010
Doesn't seem like doing it out of a bank isn't the most inconspicuous way to deal. I wonder why they thought that was a good idea.
#3 May 25, 2010
Smart ones I tell ya!
#4 May 25, 2010
She has cancer, she had to put her pills in there to keep her junkie kids and JDs Junkie Kids out of them.What they dont mention here is they were actually meeting his daughter as we all know Michelle Gibson, and what they also dont mention is the soma she had on her and didnt get charged with its ashame how people will set up there own dad and isnt it funny everyone Michelle is around gets busted and she is still walking free?
#5 May 25, 2010
Is Michele still setting ppl up to get herself out of the mess that Dave got her into? She was arrested for alot of things. Fraud, Meth Conponets, Eluding police, you name it. She has not spent a day in jail as I know of. Dave got 16 yrs, is what the Kingsport News said or the RR one, can't remember. How was she involved with this case? I would love to know.
#6 May 26, 2010
I want to say that "I cant believe this!" but I can. As some one who married into a part of that family I can tell you 1st hand that all of them have went completely down hill since Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Gibson have passed on. I am so thankful they are not here to see all this, it would have killed them.
Its sad that Michele would do that to her own dad. But she is a junkie. What else could be expected? JP hit his 1st cousin over the head with a gun just to rob him of $300. He also got into some trouble over domestic violence with his wife, Samantha not to long ago. DRUGS will do that to people I guess. But that is the problem with over half the population of that town anyway. Sad.
But for the record JD and Joann arent bad people.
#7 May 26, 2010
omg i know these people really well!! jp is a wife beater n always will be...he did the same thing to his 1st wife..michelle used to be a good lil girl..poor Dave sitting in jail spending time for the stuff all the dumb ppl do..oh well whats it gonna take for them all to learn? who knows!!!!
#8 May 28, 2010
why be so stupid to think that a place highly populated with cameras isnt goin to catch a few hand to hand transactions, lol! drug heads are stupid people. im so glad they are gettin busted left and right! I just wish they would go after a few more doctors that are prescribing this crap to people who apparently dont need it in the first place or they wouldnt be sellin it!!!!
#9 May 28, 2010
Gimme Drugs, Gimme Drugs.
I need to be high All the time.
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