Middlesboro traffic stop leads to passenger charged for drugs and trying to smuggle more into jail
From WRIL -
On Sunday May 2, 2021, Middlesboro Police Officer Ryan Collins conducted a traffic stop on a black 2009 Pontiac at the intersection of Highway 74 and 441 for a motor vehicle infraction.
According to the citations, after the driver was cited, one of three other passengers in the vehicle, 48-year-old James Carroll of Middlesboro - was found to have in his possession (5) bags containing approximately 3.5 ounces of a crystal-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine, a Hydrocodone pill, distribution baggies, and a digital scale.
He was taken into custody to be booked into the Bell County Detention Center. Before being booked into the facility, Carroll was asked repeatedly by Officer Collins if he had anything else illegal on him. He replied no, but during the booking process and during a body cavity search, Deputy Jailer Ronald Money located a bag containing a crystal-like substance, a Metformin Hydrochloride pill, Xanax bars, and Marijuana.
James Carroll was charged with trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree, 1st offense greater than 2 grams (Methamphetamine), possession of controlled substance - 1st degree, 1st offense (drug unspecified), two counts of possession of controlled substance - 3rd degree (drug unspecified), promoting contraband - 1st degree, tampering with physical evidence, and possession of Marijuana.