Burglary investigation leads to marijuana bust

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Joshua Gibbons photo from Sterling Police

Sterling Police say they found thousands of dollars worth of marijuana while searching for items stolen in a recent burglary.

Police took a report of a home burglary Sunday, January 19, 2014 at a home in the 1500 block of West Fourth Street in Sterling.  Their investigation led them to get a search warrant for a stolen item they thought was at a home in the 200 block of E. 12th Street.

When they searched the 12th Street home Monday, January 20, police arrested 21-year-old Joshua Gibbons who was wanted for two outstanding warrants in Whiteside County.

During their search of the 12th Street home, police said they found about $7,100 worth of marijuana.

Gibbons was held in the Whiteside County Jail in lieu of $325,000 bond for his outstanding warrants.  Those warrants were for violating probation connected to a firearms conviction and for alleged unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

Sterling Police Department spokesman Sgt. Steven Hubbard said police will also file new charges against Gibbons, alleging unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of ammunition by a felon and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gibbons remained in the Whiteside County Jail.

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  • Shepherd Yerusalem

    The ONLY thing dangerous about Marijuana are the cops that shoot people for having it:

    Number of American deaths per year that result directly or primarily from the following selected causes nationwide, according to World Almanacs, Life Insurance Actuarial (death) Rates, and the last 20 years of U.S. Surgeon Generals’ reports.

    TOBACCO – 340,000 to 450,000

    ALCOHOL (Not including 50% of all highway deaths and 65% of all murders) – 150,000+

    ASPIRIN (Including deliberate overdose) – 180 to 1,000+

    CAFFEINE (From stress, ulcers, and triggering irregular heartbeats, etc.) – 1,000 to 10,000

    “LEGAL” DRUG OVERDOSE (Deliberate or accidental) from legal, prescribed or patent medicines and/or mixing with alcohol – e.g. Valium/alcohol – 14,000 to 27,000

    ILLICIT DRUG OVERDOSE – (Deliberate or accidental) from all illegal drugs – 3,800 to 5,200


    (Marijuana users also have the same or lower incidence of murders and highway deaths and accidents than the general non-marijuana using population as a whole. Cancer Study, UCLA; U.S. Funded ($6 million), First & Second Jamaican Studies, 1968 to 1974; Costa Rican Studies, 1980 to 1982; et al. LOWEST TOXICITY 100% of the studies done at dozens of American universities and research facilities show pot toxicity does not exist. Medical history does not record anyone dying from an overdose of marijuana (UCLA, Harvard, Temple, etc.)

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