Carroll arrested on drug charges

Thursday, April 12, 2007

A tip from the Bald Knob Police Department landed a Mammoth Spring man in the Fulton County Jail March 27.

Earl G. Carroll Jr., 40, is facing multiple drug charges after authorities found various illegal substances and drug paraphernalia in his residence, according to Officer Jimmy Carter with the Arkansas Drug Task Force.

March 27 Bald Knob authorities contacted Probation and Parole Officer Gary Clayton. The Bald Knob officer told Clayton that two different businesses had contacted him about questionable purchases. Apparently, Carroll, who is on probation for methamphetamine related charges, was in White County, and had made two stops at two different Fred Dollar Stores to purchase cold pills, a key ingredient in the production of methamphetamine, Carter said.

He said the Bald Knob officer told Clayton his department stopped Carroll's vehicle in order to question him about the cold pills. The officer said, in addition to the pills, phosphorous and other drug paraphernalia were found in Carroll's vehicle.

Later that evening at approximately 9:30, Clayton and Fulton County deputies Jason Martin and Johnny Byler went to conduct a home visit at Carroll's residence.

During their search the officers located about .7 grams of a crystalline substance, later identified as methamphetamine, in a small Zip-lock bag. The three officers found a second baggie containing green plant material as well as four syringes, a set of digital scales, three metal spoons covered with a white residue and a plastic bottle labeled as MSM that contained a white powder-like substance with a chemical odor, Carter said.

He said the three officers also inspected the van Carroll had driven through Bald Knob earlier that day.

Carter said the officers reported finding a number of items -- acetone, lighter fluid, liquid Heet, multiple match books -- that are used in the production of methamphetamine.

Carroll will be arraigned on possession of methamphetamine and intent to use methamphetamine, both class C felonies, and intent to manufacture methamphetamine, a class B felony, at the April 16 Fulton County Circuit Court.

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