Investigators detail biggest gun bust they say the Tri-State has ever seen
BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) - Law enforcement officers talked about the cooperation between them that led to the confiscation of 116 guns and drugs and the arrest of Alexey Gibson.
Gibson was arrested on West McMillan Avenue on Feb. 1. During a search of his vehicle, police say they found 10 guns and marijuana and 100 grams of cocaine. Law enforcement officers say tips from the public led to Gibson's arrest.
That arrest led to a search warrant executed by the Butler County Sheriffs Office BURN Unit (Butler Undercover Regional Narcotics) in Butler County. That's where 100 additional guns, ammo and ballistic vests were found. Some of them were stashed and ready to use as protection. The weapons included AK-47s, an Uzi, scope rifles, shotguns and revolvers.
Sheriff Richard Jones said some of the confiscated guns have more firepower than what the officers have. "With the current trend of killing police officers and shooting at them, when we stop somebody and they come out with these, they have the advantage on us at that point. We come out with handguns on our side, we don't come out with a rifle."
The law enforcement agents said Gibson was born in Ukraine. They believe he was in the U.S. legally but didn't know his current status.
While Gibson currently faces state charges, Col. John from the Cincinnati Police says ATF task force officers will be involved because of the amount of firepower. Investigators have determined some of the guns were stolen.