Commonwealth Journal

November 29, 2013

Lawmen discover 8 pounds of pot in Science Hill home

Phillip McCarrol, 32, charged with trafficking

by Heather Tomlinson
Commonwealth Journal

Science Hill —

A Science Hill man is facing several charges after investigators al-legedly found nearly eight pounds of mar-ijuana during a search at his home. 
Phillip J. McCarrol, 32, of Shannon Drive, Science Hill, was arrested Friday, Nov. 22 and charged with trafficking in marijuana in more than five pounds and tampering with a witness, according to court documents available at the Pulaski Court of Justice. 
Pulaski County Constable Mike Wallace carried out a search warrant on Nov. 16 at McCarrol’s home. During the search, “the defendant was found to be in possession of 7.875 pounds of marijuana eight firearms, (a) money counter, currency wraps, and two digital scales,” according to the complaint.
McCarrol allegedly told investigators after the search of his involvement in trafficking and said the marijuana found in his home belonged to him, according to the complaint. McCarrol was also interviewed by the Drug Enforcement Administration after the search. 
Wallace said he and the DEA confiscated several personal items, including four vehicles and a motorcycle. Wallace also said McCarrol is the owner of Flip’s Recovery and Towing, a business based in Science Hill. 
But the complaint states that McCarrol, after the search warrant was carried out, obtained a copy of the search warrant which listed personal information of the person who tipped Wallace off about the alleged illegal drug activity. 
“ ... The defendant then posted the information on Facebook and engaged in conversations with other individuals about the informant,” states the complaint. “The defendant’s intentions of posting the information and conversations about the informant were done in an attempt to induce the ... informant to absent himself or otherwise avoid appearing or testifying at the official proceedings ...
“As a result of the defendant’s actions the informant is in fear of his life and his family’s personal safety,” the complains continues. 
McCarrol’s alleged behavior on Facebook, a popular social networking website, led to the tampering with a witness charge. 
McCarrol was released from jail on Monday, Nov. 25 after he paid a $15,000 bond. 
McCarrol appeared in court last week. His case has been continued to Jan. 22, 2014.  As part of his bond conditions he is prohibited from using social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.