A Hillsboro man who had recently been released from prison was arrested on drug p0ssession charges after a search warrant turned up approximately 30 grams of suspected “ice,” a type of methamphetamine, at his residence, according to Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera.
Barrera said in a press release Wednesday that James Gibson, 52, was arrested after deputies and detectives with the sheriff’s office and the Adult Parole Authority executed a search warrant at Gibson’s residence in the 8000 block of U.S. Route 62 in Liberty Township.
Barrera told The Times-Gazette that the sheriff’s office was familiar with Gibson, and the search warrant was the result of a “lengthy investigation.” Barrera said it’s believed Gibson had amassed the methamphetamine with an intent to distribute it.
Barrera said Gibson had recently been released from prison, and was on parole.
Online records from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction show Gibson was released in January of 2016 after serving a five-year prison term for illegal manufacturing and chemical possession charges.
Highland County court records show Gibson has a lengthy criminal record here.
According to Barrera, law enforcement also uncovered various paraphernalia and other items at Gibson’s residence that will be sent to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to be analyzed and identified.
Gibson was charged with aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony.
Barrera said further charges are likely to be filed pending further investigation.
Those with any information on the matter are urged to call the sheriff’s office at 937-393-1421 or download the free Highland County Sheriff app on their smart phone.
In addition, anyone with a cell phone may send an anonymous tip to the sheriff’s office by texting HCSHERIFF and their message or tip to 847411 (TIP411).
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