LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – A window tint violation led to a traffic stop, which resulted in multiple drug charges and a large seizure of cash and drugs on Tuesday. “Additionally, over the past week, our narcotics and patrol unit have worked hand-in-hand successfully removing drugs with street values ranging from hundreds of dollars of marijuana, thousands of dollars of narcotics, to tens of thousands of dollars of heroin from the streets of Campbell County,” said Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins.
Officers with the sheriff’s office arrested 47-year old Ron Lynn Carroll of Caryville after seizing hundreds of pills and thousands of dollars located during a traffic stop. On July 27, Detective Sergeant Gary Jeffers and Captain John Long observed a black Dodge 2500 truck traveling east bound on Jacksboro Pike near Woodson Mall. The truck was over the speed limit with an apparent window tint violation according to officials.
Detective Sergeant Joe Hopson initiated a traffic stop and both Hopson and Jeffers made contact with the driver, identified as Carroll. Long requested Detective David Wormsley come to the traffic stop to deploy his canine. Upon arrival, Wormsley deployed his canine and advised it had alerted on the truck. The search resulted in finding a yellow bag in the bed of the truck. Inside of the bag, multiple plastic bags with pills, pill bottles and three bank bags containing approximately $3763.00 in cash were located.
A closer inspection of the pills found inside of the yellow bag resulted in finding the following:
Plastic Ziploc bag containing approximately 154 yellow capsules believed to be Gabapentin, a Schedule V controlled substance, a pill bottle for oxymorphone prescribed to Ron Carroll containing 6 pills believed to be Suboxone, a Schedule III controlled substance, a pill bottle for Methadone prescribed to Elizabeth Blevins containing 13 pink pills, believed to be Oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, an unlabeled pill bottle containing 16 round pills thought to be Oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, an unlabeled pill bottle containing 8 pills likely Oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, three pill bottles without a correct prescription label containing 35 green pills collectively believed to be Oxymorphone, a Schedule II controlled substance, a plastic Ziploc bag containing 22.75 pills strongly suspected to be Methadone, a Schedule II controlled substance, an unlabeled pill bottle containing 39 pills thought to be Alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance, an unlabeled pill bottle containing 44 pills likely Alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance, and an unlabeled pill bottle containing 20 pills appering to be Sildenafil that is available only by prescription.
According to the report, Deputy Raymond Surber placed Carroll under arrest, and Carroll stated to Jeffers and Surber, “there is drugs in the truck and they’re mine.” Surber searched Carroll and found an additional $212.00 in his pocket.
Captain J.J. Hatmaker tested the window tint level and it was found to be 17%, with the legal visible light transmittance being no less than 35% in the State of Tennessee.
Carroll of 151 Reservoir Lane was transported and booked into the Campbell County jail on multiple charges including possession of schedule II, III, IV and V for resale, speeding, violation of the window tint law and possession of a prescription without a prescription. Investigators seized Carroll’s vehicle, cash and drugs, as they are strongly suspected to have been used in the sale of the transporting of illegal substances.
The sheriff reiterates that “the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office will always be committed to removing illegal drugs from the streets of Campbell County under my leadership. I understand the public has differing opinions on the legality of some substances. However, our narcotics unit is often able to work its way toward larger dealers through working with individuals who work on the lower level of drug sales.”
“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again to the drug dealers in this community, and that is I will not allow you to profit on the backs of the hard-working citizens of Campbell County. We will relentlessly pursue those who are poisoning our streets with drugs,” said Sheriff Goins. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/28/2021-3:30PM)