Donte and Audrey Gibson had enough Gucci, Chanel and Louis Vuitton to open their own uber-posh boutique.

The Akron couple — who investigators say ran a drug ring that distributed carfentanil and fentanyl throughout Northeast Ohio — lived in a tiny Kenmore ranch that was purchased two years ago for $43,000 .

Yet Audrey alone dropped more than 15 times what that house was worth — about $686,000 — at Saks Fifth Avenue between July 2016 and her arrest in February, court records show.

Now Summit County prosecutors have filed a civil action that would allow Akron police to ultimately sell what she bought, along with several cars and a variety of dodads that police seized during the probe.

All of it — from a 1970 Chevy Nova to black fur Gucci sandals worth $1,150 — was purchased with money the Gibsons earned selling narcotics, police say and court records show, the same kind of street drugs that have killed more than 600 people in Summit County during the past three years.

Any of their spoils could be yours if a judge approves the forfeiture and you have the cash.

Akron police will likely sell everything seized — minus drugs and cash — to the public at one of its twice-annual auctions, a police spokesman said.

Many of the items seized still have price tags attached. Court records show the three most expensive are a brown fur Fendi purse worth $7,100; an orange-dyed Norman Ambrose mink coat worth $6,995; and a yellow Chanel handbag worth $6,800.

Whatever money is made at auction will go to Akron police and possibly to other law enforcement agencies involved in the probe.

The forfeiture action comes nearly three months after investigators arrested the Gibsons on federal drug trafficking charges. The two remain in custody.

Following a trail

Investigators appear to have followed a trail of clues that may have started several counties away.

Court records filed this week show that U.S. Postal Inspectors on Nov. 14 stopped a package destined for a house in Lorain a couple blocks south of Lake Erie.

Inside, they found a packet containing several grams of carfentanil, the deadliest of the synthetic opiates. Most often, carfentanil is used as a sedative for elephants. Less than a grain of salt-worth of carfentanil can kill a human.

Somewhere on that package, investigators also found a major clue: 39-year-old Donte Gibson’s fingerprint, court records show.

On Nov. 28, investigators said they watched someone leave the Gibsons’ house carrying a package bound for the same Lorain address where the carfentanil had been delivered two weeks before.

Investigators, who quietly intervened after the person dropped off the package at an Akron post office, found more carfentanil, according to court records.

On Feb. 8, investigators swooped in on the couple’s Kenmore house on Popham Street and the apartment of their daughter and her boyfriend on Shadybrook Drive in Ellet Park Garden.

Audrey, 34, was arrested the same day and appears to have started talking to investigators soon after. According to court records filed this week, this is some of what she said:

She and Donte bought fentanyl or carfentanil from China via the internet.

They processed the synthetic opiates at their Popham Street home. Donte packaged the carfentanil twice shipped to the Lorain home, and she helped in the preparation.

Most of their money, she said, came from drugs.

Investigators served several search warrants as part of the investigation.

Inside one Akron storage locker, investigators found drug scales, marijuana and $150,000 in cash that was in shrink-wrapped bags, court records show.

Inside a second storage locker, investigators found a scale, baggies and 694 grams — or about 1½ pounds — of fentanyl — another potent and deadly drug.

Investigators found more fentanyl inside the apartment of Donte’s daughter — 28 grams. But the bigger stash — 173 grams of fentanyl and about $82,000 cash — was inside a car parked in a garage, court records say.

In the weeks after the Gibsons were arrested, investigators seized a 2016 Chevy Cruz and a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee from Audrey’s parents’ house near Portage Lakes, along with a classic Chevy Nova in North Canton that investigators said belonged to Donte.

Yet most items seized were squeezed into Gibson’s Popham Street home, the tiny corner ranch house where their 6-year-old daughter once overdosed.

Inside, investigators found hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of luxury handbags, clothes, sunglasses and shoes, court records show.

Audrey often modeled or showed off the purchases on an Instagram account she had under her nickname, Pound Cake.

The $6,800 yellow Chanel bag was among a collection of about 80 purses, totes and fanny packs investigators found inside the house, court records show. Most are worth more than $1,000. Among them: A black, green and red Gucci purse with a butterfly worth $3,500; a red and brown Louis Vuitton handbag worth $3,200; and an Yves St. Laurent brown backpack purse worth $2,700.

Stash of glasses

The Gibsons, court records show, also had more than 70 pairs of glasses. Most of them were sunglasses, but the two most valuable pairs were for reading. Both were made by Cartier — a designer best known for fine jewelry — a vintage rosewood pair worth $2,565 and a $2,050 silver and white framed pair.

Yet a question mark hangs over what could be the most valuable asset seized: About 50 pieces of jewelry and a gold and silver Rolex watch.

Most of the jewelry is made by Chanel, known for its symbol, back-to-back letter “C’s” that interlock.

A price tag on one silver bracelet says $900, court records show.

But police don’t know if the rest of the pieces are costume jewelry or made from precious metals and authentic gem stones.

They include a Chanel pearl necklace, several Louis Vuitton bracelets and a necklace that appears to be made of diamonds and spells out “Pound Cake.”

Amanda Garrett can be reached at 330-996-3725 or agarrett@thebeaconjournal.com.