A quantity of illegal drugs was seized from the home of a well-known Thomson businessman by local and federal authorities last Friday, The McDuffie Mirror has learned.
The raid, which was spearheaded by agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) along with deputies and investigators with the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department and Richmond County Sheriff's Department Crime Suppression Unit, went down at the home of Willie "Coolie" Myrick on Springdale Drive near Thomson about 7 a.m., DEA Agent Mike Marlboro told the newspaper.
Although Mr. Myrick was not arrested or charged, authorities discovered about approximately a half pound of cocaine inside his residence, according to a source close to the investigation. Agent Marlboro would not comment on questions related to what type of drugs were seized, if any or the amount.
The 30-year-old Mr. Myrick was expected to turn himself in at the local jail on Wednesday, related to an outstanding parole warrant, which recently was issued against him.
Agent Marlboro said the probe into drug activity by Mr. Myrick has been ongoing for the past three months.
The federal agent said he would like to talk more about the case, but simply could not because it is an ongoing case.
Repeated efforts by the newspaper to reach Mr. Myrick in person and via his cell phone have been unsuccessful.
Mr. Myrick is the owner and president of Prime Time Car Wash in Thomson.
In the summer, Mr. Myrick helped to organize and sponsor a school supply drive for underprivileged children needing various supplies before returning to the classroom this school term. The drive was termed "most successful," by Mr. Myrick.
In many federal cases where drugs are seized from residential dwellings or businesses, it has become common practice for those suspected of such illegal activities to be taken into custody after they have been indicted by a federal grand jury on a particular charge or charges.