Mobile meth lab found on southern tier

RIPLEY, N.Y. (WIVB) – Deputies spotted a man they knew was wanted on a warrant out of Pennsylvania for absconding from probation and say after his arrest they discovered he was driving a mobile meth lab.

Last Friday around 8:30 p.m. on Wisner Street in Ripley, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office approached John Gibbs II as he sat in a parked vehicle. Authorities say after he was out of the car, Gibbs attempted to strike a deputy before fleeing on foot.

The 23-year-old was stopped by an electric shock device after a short foot chase and taken into custody. In his vehicle, deputies say they found a mobile meth lab and a small amount of marijuana.

Gibbs is 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 obstructing governmental administration and unlawful possession of marijuana.

He is being held in the Chautauqua County Jail as a fugitive from justice on top of $17,000 bail for the new charges placed against him. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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