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West Georgia Man, Under Investigation for Allegations of Drugging Women, Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing 26 Firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Georgia

COLUMBUS, Ga. – A Talbot County, Georgia, resident who was under investigation for allegedly drugging women admitted to illegally possessing numerous firearms in federal court today. 

David Gibson, 59, of Talbotton, Georgia, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person today before U.S. District Judge Clay Land. Gibson faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for June 14. 

According to court documents and other evidence presented in court, as part of a larger investigation—including into allegations that Gibson was drugging women—FBI conducted a lawful search of his residence in Talbot County on Nov. 17, 2022. Agents seized 26 firearms, which consisted of a mix of pistols, shotguns and rifles. The weapons include, but are not limited to, a .45 colt/.410 caliber revolver called “The Judge,” a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a semi-automatic rifle. Gibson admits he is an unlawful user of illegal drugs, making him a prohibited person. 

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.             

The case was investigated by the FBI, DEA, Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office, Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Talbot County Sheriff’s Office. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Williams is prosecuting the case for the Government.

Updated March 27, 2023

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