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After accepting box of California pot, police arrest mother, son

By Molly Haines

A mother and son were placed behind bars last week after what Owenton Police called the biggest drug bust in the city’s recent history.
The bust came after the Owenton Police Department received a tip on a large quantity of marijuana being delivered to the apartment building at 315 North Main Street.
The tip came from a United States postal inspector.
Jackie L. Gibson, 36, of Sparta, and Linda K. McKinney, 52, of Owenton, were arrested Jan. 29 and both charged with trafficking in marijuana, 5 lbs. or more.
Gibson was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
McKinney was additionally charged with trafficking in a controlled substance.
According to police, the marijuana was packaged in eight individual bags which weighed over one pound each.
Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry said the marijuana was delivered to Gibson from California and was worth approximately $50,000.
According to police, Gibson also had two oxycodone pills in his pocket and a straw which could be used for snorting. Police also found a marijuana joint in Gibson’s cigarette pack.
According to the reports, McKinney gave her son the oxycodone pills from her prescription bottle prior to the arrival of the police.
The bust was both Gibson and McKinney’s first trafficking in marijuana charge, a class C felony.
Gentry said the bust was the biggest bust on sealed, processed marijuana since he joined the city police over two decades ago.
“(The city’s) drug investigations wouldn’t be possible if the (Owenton City) council and (Owenton) mayor (Doug West) didn’t approve our drug enforcement budget money,” Gentry said. “We do the work, but they give us the money to do the work.”
Owenton Police Officer Gary Alcorn served as the case officer. Gentry, Owenton Police Narcotics Investigator Steve Miller and officer Rufus Shearer, Jr. assisted.