By Patrick Yost
A more than month long narcotics investigation ended with a man authorities call a “prime supplier” of narcotics tazed and then arrested after a failed attempt to escape. A local woman with the man was also arrested and faces several felony drug charges.
According to Lt. Brandon Sellers, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, Marcus Demario Gibbs, 34, Madison was arrested by Madison Police Officer Travis Stubbs around 4 a.m. after a vehicle driven by Gibbs was stopped at a Bethany Road residence and Gibbs fled into the woods. Reports state that Stubbs and Deputy Baily Wells conducted a felony traffic stop on the vehicle at the Bethany Road residence and after the vehicle initially stopped it rolled backward into Wells’ vehicle before driving through a field and striking a tree.
Wells detained and arrested Stephanie Callaway, 38, Madison, a passenger in the vehicle. Stubbs pursued Gibbs on foot and tazed Gibbs twice during the chase, eventually applying handcuffs. Gibbs was transported to Morgan Medical Center, reports state, after allegedly ingesting narcotics. He was cleared and then transported to the Morgan County Detention Center.
Gibbs faces several felony drug charges including possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of Ecstasy with the intent to distribute. Callaway, Sellers said, faces the same charges.
Gibbs also faces obstruction charges and various traffic charges related to fleeing from police.
Sellers said investigators initiated a traffic stop on Gibbs in the Canaan neighborhood around midnight on Friday, July 10 during an on-going investigation into narcotic sales in Madison and Morgan County.
“Over the course of several months we had received information that this individual was bringing drugs to Morgan County,” said Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.
Sellers said investigators located suspected cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetaine and Ecstasy inside a bag Gibbs discarded during a foot chase. They also, he said, found numerous plastic bags, digital scales and smoking pipes in the vehicle. “He is certainly a prime supplier of narcotics in Madison and Morgan County,” Sellers said.