Fugitive From Ripley Faces Multiple Drug Charges

RIPLEY – A wanted Ripley man is behind bars following an arrest made by Chautauqua County Sheriff Deputies. According to police, a wanted subject was seen in a parked vehicle on Wisner Street in Ripley just after 8 p.m. Friday. The subject was identified as John M. Gibbs II, 23, of Ripley, a known fugitive wanted for absconding from probation in the state of Pennsylvania.

Officers attempted to speak with Gibbs, who allegedly struck a deputy and fled on foot. After a short foot chase, Gibbs was tazed and taken into custody.

After an investigation it was determined Gibbs was in possession of powdered methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia, including a portable methamphetamine lab found inside his vehicle. He is being charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, second-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Gibbs was transported to Westfield Memorial Hospital for minor injuries and later transfered to the Chautauqua County where he is being held without bail as a fugitive from justice and on $17,000 bail for new charges.