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.

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