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Update: Thousands of dollars seized in drug raid

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Deputies with the Columbus County Sheriff's Office and agents from the NCSBI, Chadbourn Police Department, and the Bladen County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant Wednesday at Harold's Body Shop. Deputies with the Columbus County Sheriff's Office and agents from the NCSBI, Chadbourn Police Department, and the Bladen County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant Wednesday at Harold's Body Shop.
Larry Donnell McKenzie was taken into custody and charged. Larry Donnell McKenzie was taken into custody and charged.
Larry Donnell McKenzie (Source: Columbus County Sheriff's Office) Larry Donnell McKenzie (Source: Columbus County Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Court documents show deputies seized $8,174, a gun, box of sandwich bags, digital scales, a Wells Fargo receipt, Ziploc bag with marijuana, a surveillance system, Dell computer, and thumb drive from Harold's Body Shop in Chadbourn last Wednesday.

Dozens of Deputies with the Columbus County Sheriff's Office, agents from the NCSBI, and Chadbourn Police Department executed the search warrant.

They also searched Larry McKenzie's home. McKenzie owns Harold's Body Shop.

According to Sheriff Chris Batten, the warrants stem from an extensive investigation after several complaints from citizens in and around Chadbourn about suspicious activity at the business and home.

Investigators said Harold's Body Shop was the meeting place for drug deals all over the county.

Larry Donnell McKenzie was taken into custody and charged with:

  • 10 counts of trafficking in cocaine
  • Five counts of maintaining a place for a controlled substance
  • One count of trafficking in cocaine

His bond has been set at $425,000.

Other charges are pending based on the investigation, and authorities say this could just be the tip of the iceberg and others could be involved as well.

Batten said this is the largest drug bust the county has conducted on a business since he's been sheriff.

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