A Thomson businessman arrested on a parole warrant and a suspect in an ongoing federal drug investigation has told The McDuffie Mirror that he is "sorry" for having hurt so many people.
"I never planned for this to happen; it's just something that did," said Willie "Coolie" Myrick during a recent telephone interview from the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center. "I'm so sorry for all the people I've disappointed, especially the kids I've gotten to know. This is something that's been a struggle for me since I was 9 years old."
Mr. Myrick is jailed on a parole warrant. After conferring with his attorney, Albert "Buddy" Dallas, of Thomson, last Wednesday, Mr. Myrick said he agreed to turn himself in to parole authorities last Thursday afternoon.
Mr. Myrick, president and owner of Prime Time Car Wash in Thomson, said he wished he had never gotten involved in drugs.
"I was living a secret life -- a double-life," said Mr. Myrick, who is jailed without bond on a parole warrant. "I just got tired of it. I finally came to terms with it and let everything be known publicly."
Mr. Myrick informed members of Springfield Baptist Church about the drug raid that was conducted at his home on Springdale Drive on Friday, Nov. 5 by agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Deputies with the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department along with officers with the Georgia State Pardons and Parole Office in Thomson also assisted in the raid.
At a play held at the theatre of Thomson High School on Saturday, Nov. 6, Mr. Myrick shared with church members about the double-life that he had been leading.
"I never intended on hurting them or anybody else," said Mr. Myrick. "I really did want to turn my life around and be a good man. But drugs had a hold on my life. Even though I said I had turned my life over to the Lord, I really hadn't."
He said that was his downfall.
During that raid, law enforcement officers discovered about a half pound of cocaine inside the residence, the newspaper learned from a source close to the investigation. Mike Marlboro, special agent with the DEA office in Augusta confirmed that the raid was conducted at the residence, but would not elaborate concerning specifics about the case.
Agent Marlboro said a quantity of drugs was seized as a result of a search warrant. He also said the investigation by DEA had been ongoing about three months.
Mr. Myrick reportedly had been transporting cocaine in a hidden area of the front passenger seat of his pickup truck.
Authorities seized cocaine from a glass mixing bowl on a kitchen counter, as well as from a bathroom. A quantity of cocaine also was found inside a tube of his child's toilet potty.
Mr. Myrick has not been charged with any drug or other criminal offenses at this time, authorities say.
The well-known Thomson businessman, who also became highly-interested in politics during President Obama's quest to win the presidency, said he wants to "man-up" to what he has done as far as breaking the law goes.
"I want to get all of this behind me and become a much better man for myself, my family, friends and the good Lord," said Mr. Myrick.
"I want very much to tell my story so that others, especially kids, don't take the path that I took to get ahead. I want them to be honest and abide by the law."