Officers arrest man in connection with cocaine operation
 

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A suspected drug dealer is behind bars after law enforcement carried out raids on his businesses and home.

After a three-month investigation by the Columbus County Sheriff's Office, the SBI and Chadbourn Police, officers raided Harold's Body Shop in Chadbourn and arrested its owner on a variety of cocaine related charges.

The raid came after multiple complaints from Chadbourn residents that there was suspicious activity at the body shop.

Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten says that after being tipped off, undercover narcotics agents bought cocaine from the business.

Deputies arrested owner Larry McKenzie and charged him with five counts of possession, trafficking, and maintaining a business with the purpose to sell cocaine.

"He was a major player," Sheriff Batten said. "There were several buys made from here that amounted up to several grams of cocaine, and it wound up showing us that he was a significant player in not only Chadbourn Police Department's problem but in our county problem. "

Bladen County Sheriff's deputies also helped execute a search warrant at McKenzie's home in Bladenboro.

Batten says evidence found during the raid could help them arrest several more people in the local cocaine trade.

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OMG! Can the Sheriff's Department in Columbus County NOT handle a crime scene? Did Jon go to Hewett's closet before he got to town? Oh! I forgot.....crime fighting DA new action figure, brains sold separately......... Can not wait for the Defense to call him as their first witness!

kevelar to promote that image of the crime fighting DA. He'll be up for re-election in a couple of years unless he decides to follow Easley's path to Raleigh.

It's easy to sit here and talk about what happened but we need to be praying for Larry and his family instead of judging.

"Dear Lord,

Please make sure that Larry gets fair and justified treatment in this case. Please evaluate the impact he had in others lives during the time he was an illegal drug dealer. Consider all the children affected by his willful providing of poison. Consider all of the families lost, homes lost, addicts that were created and all of the other lives that were otherwise ruined by Larrys actions as an marketing official for illegal drug sales and distribution. Larry only did this so he could have money and only used the lives of others for his personal greed and profit. Please take all of this in consideration of your judgement. We ask this in your name.

Amen"

An illegal drug dealer is at the same level as snake crap in a wagon wheel track! I only hope my prayer is answered!

i hope they seize the car & all filthy money bought it all & u know it

I just want all commenters nt judge others i kno larry n if u do u kno he's bnt a bad guy yeah he got in a tight situation but nobodies perfect. Nt sayin he sold drugs bt wat makes the sale of drugs illegal because society says so or because it kauses harm to people or because the gov. cant get its cut because alcohol sure is as harmful just sumthin to think about

HAROLD FIPPS AND HAROLD FIPPS JR WERE THE ORDINAL OWNERS OF HAROLD’S BODY SHOP WHEN IT WAS A REAL BODY SHOP, WHICH WAS BUILT WITH HONESTY AND HARD WORK. IT JUST TURNED INTO A COVER OPERATION AFTER I WAS SOLD TO LARRY. THANKS TO THE DEPARTMENTS WHO HELPED WITH THE RAID, LET’S GET CHADBOURN BACK!!

Aha oh really ??

This is not surprising. Drugs have been used and sold in businesses in chadbourn for years.Basically it's a family business and more than just the one the that got arrested is involved. Get them all.

And u a damn Lie cause i know for a fact that i dnt sale drugs and im a full blood close relative

This man has made a LARGE amount of $$$ doing this. Be paying off the local popo for years. Just can't beleive it took 25 yrs. for someone to catch on that cared.....or did they care???

He may have gotten caught but he is a grown man and alot of people will judge him and don't know him as the real king of rico like we all do. Good luck flash. Stay strong

What? "the real king of rico" - what does that even mean? Are you really as ignorant as you sound or just pretending to be?

I GUESS GIGANTOR WILL BE ON THE TRAILER FOR A WHILE. THIS JUST GOES TO PROVE THAT CRIME DOES NOT PAY. THIS MAKES ALL OF US HONEST RACERS LOOK BAD.

Charged doesn't mean he is guilty!

...time's comin'!

Its people like y'all that be waiting something like this to happen that goes to show u people are just as fake as the smile on there faces ..this is for the lames n the fakes

Not a surprise to me! Rumors of drug activity in that area have swirled about for years.

You country clowns always got something to say. What about the police that was taking Larry's money. nobody knows how crooked the police really are. All the people that have negative comments should worry about that uncle they have that raped some girl or that brother that molested some little boy. Most people are mad they don't have the courage or knowledge of how to get money. Didn't your moms teach you not to tell on people?Where I'm from snitches get stitches. So mind your own damn business,

Sometimes our very own friends are the ones that are running to tell something...be it the truth or a lie its their perception of the matter. I believe that whats done in the dark will come to light and all that are crooked will be made straight again. For those who are a resident of the Great Strawberry City you know what's up%$ And for the ones who don't... well let's say you just don't but you wanna know! So with all that being said who are we to judge anyone whether it be a friend , a relative, an enemy who cares... Let Chadbourn's finest do their job and catch what and who they can....Its an ongoing process and to say the least if you want.. just and kind and law abiding citizens lets start with ourselves and within.... and let GOD be the judge! Don't forget we are in this city together and together with everyone doing the right thing is the only way we can bring true justice to The Strawberry City!!! Let's love one another and encourage ourselves before trying to encourage another, it builds great character!