A months-long drug investigation conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies resulted in the arrest of four Decatur County residents earlier this week.
Those arrested in the operation were Misty M. Carroll, 32, her husband Timothy R. Carroll II, 34, Joshua Lee Sweet, 25, and Clairin H. Filippelli, 21.
According to Charging Information filed in the Decatur Circuit Court Thursday, Timothy Carroll faces a total of eight felony charges: Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon, three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, one count of Possession of a Legend Drug, Possession of Marijuana with a Prior Conviction, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.
Misty Carroll was charged with five felonies: Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Operating a Vehicle After Lifetime Suspension, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana with a Prior Conviction, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.
Sweet and Filippelli have each been charged with one count of Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, which is a class “B” felony.
The four suspects were arrested Wednesday evening following the execution of a search warrant at 1528 South County Road 950 East, which is listed in court documents as the home of the Carrolls.
Law enforcement officials presented the search warrant to Misty Carroll, who was present in the home with two children.
A K-9 officer from the Columbus Police Department conducted an initial sweep of the residence, leading to the discovery of multiple controlled substances and quantities of marijuana.
Misty Carroll is alleged to have told police that she, her husband and friends smoke marijuana in the home. She also told police of the presence of the prescription medication found in the home.
During the course of the search, Timothy Carroll returned home and is alleged to have voluntarily told officers all illicit items within the residence belonged to him. He was taken into custody and booked into the Decatur County Jail.
In the home, police allege they found 184 hydrocodone pills, a Schedule III controlled substance used as a mild painkiller or cough supressant; 15 suboxone sublingual film, a narcotic medication used to treat opioid dependence; 36 clonazepam pills, a Schedule IV controlled substance used to treat epilepsy and a variety of anxiety disorders; 24 pills containing alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance used to treat anxiety disorders; four pills containing trazodone, a prescription-only anti-depressant; eight pills containing hydromorphone, a narcotic pain medication; and various amounts of green plant material identified as marijuana.
Officers also discovered a 12-guage shotgun and a .22 caliber rifle at the residence, in addition to a knife with an automatically opening blade. Fourteen .22 caliber bullets were found in a pack of Camel cigarettes, and investigators also located a counterfeit $100 bill. A 20-guage shotgun was found in an upstairs bedroom.
As the investigation continued, a cell phone belonging to Misty Carroll received messages from unidentified individuals intending to purchase controlled substances, a police report states.
Officers responded to a text, later alleged to have been sent by Filippelli, that offered to sell hydrocodone pills to Misty Carroll.
Police set up a deal in which Filippelli would provide 20 of the pills to detectives at a cost of $5 each.
Filippelli arrived at the residence with the hydrocodone pills and was arrested.
The pills had been prescribed to Sweet who is alleged to have agreed to sell them, with Filippelli acting as a go-between during the transaction.
Following the arrests, police interviewed Timothy Carroll, Filippelli and Sweet at the Decatur County Jail. Misty Carroll declined an interview and requested an attorney.
Timothy Carroll is alleged to have told police that he, his wife and friends smoke marijuana on a regular basis in the home and that he does not have a prescription for any of the medication found at the residence. Carroll said he sells marijuana and pills in order to earn enough money to purchase more controlled substances for himself and his wife and also to buy groceries.
Filippelli is alleged to have admitted sending the text messages to Misty Carroll’s phone and said she did not stand to profit in any way by delivering the medication.
Sweet said Filippelli asked if he wanted to sell any of his prescription medication. He agreed, then went to his home in order to obtain the 20 hydrocodone pills Filippelli had intended to deliver to Misty Carroll.
All four suspects remained incarcerated in the Decatur County Jail at press time.
Law enforcement agencies involved included the Greensburg Police Department, the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, the Indiana State Police and the Columbus Police Department.
Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056