Deputieschargingcity manafter raid

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Michael Lee Baum

Kimberly A. Locklear

Robert Keith Locklear

LAURINBURG — A Scotland County man was arrested this week along with a McColl, South Carolina couple on drug charges.

Michael Lee Baum, 54, of 7581 Hasty Road, Laurinburg; Robert Keith Locklear or “Big Lock”, 33, and his wife Kimberly A. Locklear, 45, both of McColl were arrested Thursday by the Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

The investigation began three months ago after authorities said they began receiving calls about the Locklears selling drugs out of their home.

The sheriff’s office said investigators made undercover purchases of cocaine from the residence, conducted surveillance and interviewed several witnesses and defendants in other cases.

A search warrant was executed Thursday by the Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office, Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and the NC State Bureau of Investigation. Authorities searched the Locklears’ residence and contacted Baum at his home on Hasty Road.

“The search warrant produced great evidence of the ongoing conspiracy in both states and gave a wealth of intelligence on dealers, users and clients that we hope to use in an ongoing federal investigation that potentially involves these defendants in the next few months along with other targets in the Marlboro, Scotland and Robeson county areas,” the release said.

Baum has an extensive criminal record from Florida and North Carolina and Robert Keith Locklear has a prior drug conviction, investigators said.

Robert Keith Locklear was charged with four counts of distribution of cocaine, conspiracy and possession of marijuana.

Kimberly Locklear was charged with conspiracy.

Baum was charged with two counts of distribution of cocaine and conspiracy.

“We were able to team up with our partners from North Carolina and hopefully continue to fight these drugs at our border. If anyone has any information related to drugs or this case, please continue to call,” said Sheriff Fred Knight in a statement.

Bond hearings for all three were scheduled for Friday in Bennettsville.

Michael Lee Baum Lee Baum

Kimberly A. Locklear A. Locklear

Robert Keith Locklear Keith Locklear

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