Traffic stop results in meth charges
Man accused of intent to distribute

COVINGTON - A Covington man found himself escorted to a stay in the Newton County Detention Center on Monday after deputies pulled him over in his truck and allegedly discovered methamphetamine, marijuana, and a treasure trove of electronics, tools, cell phones and other items, at least two of which had been reported stolen.

According to a report filed by Newton County Sheriff's Office Deputy Steven Ledford, Kenneth Marshall Gibbs, 27, of 20 Pickens Road in Covington was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, carrying a concealed weapon, possession and use of drug-related objects and theft by receiving stolen property.

Ledford said he witnessed Gibbs driving in his dark Chevrolet early Monday morning on several occasions around Brown Bridge Road, Salem Road and Buck Creek Drive. Ledford said he pulled Gibbs over on Oakview Drive when he noticed the Chevrolet's tag lights were not working.

While asking Gibbs for his license, Ledford reported seeing two packages of blunt wrapping papers and a glass pipe "used for smoking drugs."

Ledford asked Gibbs if there were any drugs in the vehicle, and he said "No." "I asked for permission to search the vehicle," the deputy reported, "and he stated, 'I don't care man, go ahead.'"

According to the report, when another deputy assisting in the stop asked Gibbs about an item, he replied, "Aw man, can we just throw that down and forget about it?"

The search revealed a cup containing suspected marijuana, a black leather case containing suspected methamphetamine and several plastic bags "used to sell drugs with," as well as another black case holding another bag of suspected methamphetamine and a set of digital scales.

Also found in the vehicle were several cell phones, an amplifier, a camcorder, a CD player, a portable DVD player, a power investor, a dog training collar, a two-way walkie talkie, several MP3 players, a radar detector, a set of brass knuckles, a can of tear gas in a blue Coasta Del Mar sunglass case and a Magellan Road Mate 700 GPS device. The deputies also found several tools in the back of the truck.

Ledford said that the Magellan Road Mate had been reported stolen in Newton County on Nov. 10. Shortly after Gibbs' arrest, a witness verified that Gibbs had stolen his Costa Del Mar sunglass case.

Colin M. Stewart may be reached at colin.stewart@rockdalecitizen.com.