Man plots to kill ex-wife, trades drugs for a gun

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DUNLAP, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Officials arrested and charged a Tennessee man after they say he attempted to trade drugs for a gun to kill his wife.

According to CBS affiliate WDEF, a meth investigation in Sequatchie County uncovered a murder plot.

Detectives had been investigating Charles Henry Skibbe for meth distribution in the area when they learned that the man, a convicted felon, was trying to buy a gun.

Investigators reached out to the TBI, ATF and sheriff's office to run an undercover operation on him, WDEF reported.

An undercover officer reached out to Skibbe, then reported that Skibbe wanted the gun to murder his ex-wife and her friend. The officer set up a meeting to sell him a pistol.

Officials say they arrested Skibbe after he showed the meth and told the undercover officer about his plan again.

According to WDEF, investigators searched Skibbe's home in Catoosa County where they uncovered drug paraphernalia. Investigators said Skibbe's ex-wife also gave them threatening text messages that Skibbe allegedly sent her.