Indictment: Hickory man sold meth near school

Indictment: Hickory man sold meth near school

Credit: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Gary Carroll.

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

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WCNC.com

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 6:55 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Hickory man is facing meth trafficking and gun charges following the return of a federal indictment on Tuesday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina, announced Wednesday that a federal grand jury returned a seven-count indictment against 57-year-old Gary Carroll.

The indictment alleges Carroll, a Hickory resident, conspired to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine from his home, which is within 1000 feet of a public elementary school.

Documents accuse Carroll of involvement in a drug trafficking conspiracy involving more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.

Execution of the search warrant at Carroll's home in January turned up 67 grams of meth, drug paraphernalia, cash, four firearms-- including one assault rifle, and a large amount of ammunition and magazines.

If convicted on each of the seven counts and sentenced to the maximum penalty for each count, Carroll faces a maximum sentence of 280 years with fines of $37,250,000.

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