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The Elizabethtown Police Department has announced several drug arrests.

On January 4th, 2019 Elizabethtown Patrol Officers responded to a minor vehicle accident at 304 S. Poplar St.  While conducting the accident investigation officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from one of the vehicles involved in the accident and contacted an Elizabethtown Narcotic Detective.

Kendrick Currie

Kendrick Currie of Clarkton was arrested after 56 Oxycodone pills and 0.16 grams of marijuana was located in his possession along with two digital scales and drug paraphernalia were also discovered in the vehicle.

Currie was charged with Felony Possession Of A Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession With The Intent To Manufacture/Sell/Deliver A Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession Of Marijuana Paraphernalia.  Also, $399.65 in U.S. Currency was also seized as a result of the investigation.  Currie was booked into the Bladen County Detention Center under a $102,000 secured bond. Currie is also currently on probation for other offenses.

On January 6th, 2019, Elizabethtown Patrol Officers, Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputies and a Elizabethtown Narcotic Detective conducted an undercover operation at the Swanzy Ridge Apartment Complex after receiving citizen complaints of possible narcotic activity.  Several persons were located inside the apartment after officers entered the residence.

Malik Maynard

Officers located 15 grams of high grade marijuana with a street value of approximately $375.00 and a loaded handgun. Malik Maynard of Rowland and Bernita Brooks of Elizabethtown were both charged with Possession of one-half ounce up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana and both were booked into the Bladen County Detention Center under $1,500 secured bonds.

Bernita Brooks


A juvenile male admitted to possessing the handgun and the investigation into the matter is ongoing.

On January 7th, 2019, Elizabethtown Patrol Officers responded to 1008 S. Poplar Street after a report of a stolen handgun and other property from a business.  Officers arrived at the location and spoke to the business owner Kenneth Watson.  Information was obtained that the suspect, David Parks, was a convicted felon and that he was in possession of the stolen handgun and another firearm.

David Parks

Both firearms were located inside Parks’ vehicle along with $440.00 in tools and equipment that had been stolen from the business.  Drug paraphernalia and a suspected narcotic substance was also located inside the  vehicle.  Parks was arrested and charged with two counts of Possession Of A Firearm By Felon, Larceny Of A Firearm, Possession Of A Stolen Firearm, Misdemeanor Larceny and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. Parks was booked into the Bladen County Detention Center under a $131,000 secured bond.