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January 31, 2014

Troopers seize pills in turnpike stop

NEW CASTLE — The search of a vehicle stopped on the Pennsylvania Turnpike yielded about a pound and a half of pills.

State police said they had to smash the window of the Chevy Trailblazer driven by Burlkie Richard Gibson, 33, of Dearborn, Mich., to get him out of the car.

A trooper from the drug law western section was patrolling the turnpike in Little Beaver Township near the Ohio line around 12:40 p.m. Thursday when he noticed the Trailblazer with tinted windows. The officer followed the car and, he said, noticed Gibson driving too close to the car ahead of him in a 65-mph zone.

When Gibson’s car was pulled over, the trooper reported, he appeared to be nervous and couldn’t sit still in his seat. Gibson refused to exit his vehicle, he said, and would not give the trooper permission to search the car.

The trooper said he had information that Gibson was going from one city to another for narcotics trafficking.

A criminal background check showed he had several prior drug charges in the states he was traveling to and from, police said, and he was wanted on a warrant from Michigan.

The troopers also learned his vehicle has a trap in it for concealing narcotics and other contraband, and that during a traffic stop in May, police had confiscated $10,000 from the vehicle.

The trooper told Gibson he had a warrant for his arrest and gave him 10 commands to get out of the vehicle, he reported, and the police ultimately were forced to smash the driver’s side window and remove Gibson. He was kept in custody pending a search of the vehicle.

The trooper obtained a search warrant from District Judge Jerry G. Cartwright and officers found 13 bags containing about 1,000 white and yellow suspected oxycodone and hydrocodone pills weighing a total of 1 pound, 7.7 ounces.

Gibson is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, disorderly conduct hazardous to an officer, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

He was arraigned Thursday night before District Judge Jennifer L. Nicholson and lodged in the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

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