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Police may have caught person who dumped medical waste into Arkansas River

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Garrett Gibson

TULSA, Okla. – Police may have caught the person who has been dumping medical waste into the Arkansas River.

Garrett Gibson, 27, was apprehended by St. John Medical Center security on Tuesday.

Officials say hospital security cameras captured video of Gibson taking containers.

Gibson was arrested on complaints of larceny of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and a hold for Payne County.

According to court documents, Gibson was in possession of approximately 100-200 vials with varying amounts of drug remnants.

He allegedly told officials he worked at the hospital as a janitor, but security stated they found no evidence that Gibson was employed by the hospital.

On Saturday, hundreds of used syringes and vials of blood were found in the Arkansas River.

Pawnee County Sheriff Mike Waters says more than six containers of medical waste were found in the river in the past few weeks.

Detectives are interviewing Gibson to see if he is responsible for the dumped waste.

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality says Tulsa police arrested a suspect in the medical waste dumping this morning.

However, they could not confirm whether or not GibsonĀ is the one who has been dumping the medical waste into the river.


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