From The Middlesboro Police Department -
On Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at approximately 9:26 pm, Middlesboro officers were dispatched to Walmart parking lot in reference to a male passed out behind the wheel of his car in a parking spot.
Upon arrival, officers made contact with the unconscious individual identified as 33-year-old Patrick Gibson, of Speedwell, TN. Officers Morgan Justice and Jake Quillen were able to get a response from Gibson, and once fully alert, he was asked to exit the vehicle.
Officer Justice then proceeded to search Gibson after being given consent and found Marijuana on his person. K9 Sgt. Nick Capps was then called to the scene, where K9 Rahab conducted a free air sniff of Gibson's vehicle, positively alerting to the presence of narcotics inside. Upon a search of the vehicle, Officer Justice located a small screw top container that housed multiple distribution baggies containing a gray powder and rock-like substance believed to be Heroin. Another distribution bag located in the same container held a white crystal-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine.
While searching the passenger side of the vehicle, Officer Quillen located various drug paraphernalia items (i.e. syringes, elastic bands, and even a spoon with white residue). He also located a glass vial that contained various types of different pills, (Oxymorphone, Oxycodone, and Alprazolam). There were various amounts of the types of pills and were not in any form of prescription bottle. Officers seized a total of $441.00 in cash made up of various denominations, as well as the vehicle that was used in trafficking of the narcotics.
Patrick Gibson was arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with the following:
Possession of Marijuana, Trafficking in Controlled Substance - 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Heroin), Importing Heroin, Trafficking in Controlled Substance - 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine), Trafficking in Controlled Substance - 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified) (Two Counts), Trafficking in Controlled Substance - 3rd Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified), and buying or possessing Drug Paraphernalia.
Also assisting with the case were Officers Rossi, Ayers, and Unit 600 - Roscoe.