PD: Felon, Girlfriend had $5,400 Worth of Crack in Toddlers' Bedroom Safe

Middletown Police, who raided the apartment of a city woman and found drugs throughout the home, say her boyfriend said the crack, pot and paraphernalia belonged to another man storing it there.

Jacqerie L. Gibson of Hartford
Jacqerie L. Gibson of Hartford

Jan. 6 at 5:45 p.m., Middletown Police served an arrest warrant on Jacqerie L. Gibson, 33, of East Raymond Street, Hartford, who goes by the name of "Compton," the report says, and the apartment of his girlfriend, Stephanie T. Highsmith, 35, of High Street. 

Inside, police say, Gibson was lying on the couch and Highsmith and her two 18-month-old twins were there. 

A search turned up a bag with 2.2 grams of crack cocaine, $605 in cash and two cell phones. Highsmith, the report says, had 3.7 grams of marijuana in her pocket and a bag with crack packaging and a police scanner with Middletown and East Hampton frequencies programmed.

In a safe in the children's room, the report says, were four sandwich bags with 19.7 grams of powdered crack and another two with 17.7 grams of crack, a digital scale with residue, a bag with 2.4 grams of marijuana. 

Gibson told police the safe belonged to Cephas Fountain, the report says. The street value of the cocaine was $5,400.

A search of Gibson's cell phone turned up texts from a person identified as "Friends" that said Cephas was storing drugs at their home, the report says, and if the police came with a warrant they would take the children. When detectives called "Friends" from Gibson's phone, Highsmith's phone rang, the report says.  

Gibson, whom police say was arrested for murder and plead to a first-degree assault conviction in the past, has a record of convictions for third-degree assault, first-degree burglary, possession of narcotics, sale of narcotics, failure to appear, violation of probation, third-degree burglary, criminal mischief and failure to respond. 

Both were arrested for non-student possessing drug paraphernalia near school and over an ounce of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school and with intent to sell, two counts risk of injury to a child, and possession of less than half-ounce of marijuana.

He's being held on a $150,000 bond until his next court appearance in Middletown on Jan. 28. Highsmith was released on a $10,000 surety bond with a Jan. 17 court date.


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