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.