A school referee/umpire struck out Friday when a search warrant executed at his South Commerce Street trailer corroborated a two-week investigation into allegations he was leading an alternative life as a drug dealer.
Capt. Keith Ingle, Ardmore Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, said David Carnell, Jr., 40, was taken into custody without incident. Carnell’s arrest came during the noontime search warrant executed by Ardmore narcotics officers, Carter County deputies and OBN agents.
“A search of the residence yielded more than 3 grams of cocaine, marijuana, Xanax and a large quantity of hydrocodone pills that investigators believe were being distributed from the residence,” Ingle said.
Carnell was booked into the Carter County Detention Center pending four counts of possession of controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute.
By mid afternoon The Ardmoreite had confirmed information that Carnell was known as a referee at local school basketball games and also as an umpire for school baseball games.
Ingle said the inquiry launched two weeks ago was based on citizen tips concerning excessive traffic and coming and going at his trailer.
“Currently we have no evidence he was distributing at schools while officiating at games.  But the investigation remains ongoing and other charges, as well as other arrests are possible,” Ingle said Friday night.
Court records show Carnell pleaded guilty in a 2014 misdemeanor case charging him with possession of marijuana. On Thursday a letter was sent to Carnell by the Carter County District Court advising him he was delinquent in paying costs and fines in that case and faced a bench warrant issued for his arrest of the payments were not brought up to date.
Formal charges resulting from Friday’s raid could be filed by the district attorney’s office Monday and Carnell could make an initial appearance is Carter County District Court Monday afternoon.