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Biggest drug bust in Columbus County history lands former police officer in jail

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It's being called the biggest drug bust in Columbus County history. After seizing thousands of dollars in cash, and a hefty amount of cocaine, the Columbus County Sheriff's Department is relieved a drug trafficker is now behind bars. With the help of the F.B.I., they finally cracked down on their suspect. Carl David Wright is a former Tabor City police officer. He surrendered on Friday. The sheriff's department recovered almost $250,000 in cash, and nearly a kilo of cocaine from his home. Today, they sifted through the money and drug paraphernalia. Wright is now facing over eighteen counts of drug trafficking. Sheriff Chris Batten of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Department said, "This is the largest quantity of cash and cocaine that I recall in Columbus County history." Additional federal counts are likely still to come. Wright is being held at Columbus County jail in Whiteville under $1 million bond. The sheriff's department says Wright will be charged and treated like any other drug trafficker in our state. He is awaiting trial.

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