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Drug Task Force Makes Meth Busts in Gibson Co.

By Emily Cassulo
By ecassulo@wbbjtv.com

GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. - The West Tennessee Drug Task Force said it has been busy this week working methamphetamine related investigations in Gibson County.

According to a news release, officers from both Gibson and Dyer Counties made their first bust late Monday night, after searching a home along Stafford Road, near Newbern.

They arrested and charged Scottie Ables with possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance.

The task force said Ables was already on state and federal probation.

Wednesday, agents said they searched a home on Wingo Street in Bradford.

Jesse and Nicole Gapen, both 30, are charged with the following:
1. PROMOTION OF METHAMPHETAMINE MANUFACTURING
2. POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
3. POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE WITH INTENT TO SELL
4. INITIATION OF A PROCESS TO MANUFACTURE METHAMPHETAMINE
5. CONSPIRACY TO MANUFACTURE METHAMPHETAMINE
6. CHILD NEGLECT AND ENDANGERMENT
7. POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING COMMISSION OF A FELONY

The task force said the Bradford meth lab brings the number of labs found in Tennessee this year to 351.