WASHINGTON CITY — Washington County Drug Task Force agents busted a 23-year-old Washington City woman for possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, evidence tampering, and possession of drugs and paraphernalia Sunday after serving a narcotics search warrant at her residence.
At 2:10 a.m., the Washington County Drug Task Force located Abigail Gibson in her home and placed her under arrest on two warrants. The first warrant was for no proof of insurance, a class B misdemeanor; speeding and no valid driver’s license, both class C misdemeanors. The second warrant was for possession or use of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony; and possession or use of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor.
During the search warrant, detectives located a plastic container with five balls of heroin and alprazolam pills in Gibson’s downstairs bathroom, according to the probable cause statement filed in support of the arrest.
“In my training and experience it appears that the balls were ready for distribution because of the quantity and the way they were packaged,” the task force detective wrote in the statement.” A pill identified as alprazolam (schedule IV) was also located in the container.”
In the toilet, detectives located tinfoil covered with brown residue, according to the statement. Gibson said in an interview after her arrest that she attempted to flush the tinfoil, containing what appeared to be heroin, down the toilet.
The drug charges brought against Gibson were enhanced to drug possession within a drug-free zone because her location is within 1,000 feet, or 700 feet by Google maps, of the daycare facility at the Washington City Community Center.
Gibson was booked into the Purgatory Correctional Facility on the warrant charges, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a first-degree felony; distribution of a controlled substance within a drug-free zone, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and obstructing justice, all of which are class A misdemeanors. Her bail is set at $25,000.
She made her initial appearance in Washington County 5th District Court Monday and is scheduled to counsel with an attorney regarding her case on Monday. Gibson remains in custody at the time of this publication, according to booking information.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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