Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 1, 2013

3 charged in Town Center meth bust

8 meth processors found in vehicle

Kenneth Hart
CNHI

ASHLAND — Authorities on Thursday arrested three in a mobile methamphetamine lab bust at Ashland Town Center.

Brandon L. Gibbs, 37, and Ashley J. Kirk, 29, both of Catlettsburg, and Barbra K. Moyer, 38, of Ashland, all were lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center, charged with manufacturing meth. Gibbs also was charged with first-degree drug trafficking.

According to the Boyd County Sheriff’s Department, an informant working for the Boyd County Drug Task Force made a controlled purchase of meth from Gibbs in the mall’s rear parking lot, behind TJ Maxx, sjortly after 8 p.m. Undercover officers observed the transaction. Once it was completed, deputies stopped Gibbs’ vehicle.

A search of the vehicle turned up eight one-step meth processors, along with finished product, precursors, syringes and cash, the sheriff’s department said.

The Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigations Unit was called to the scene to conduct a cleanup.