Columbia man arrested on suspicion of distributing cocaine, marijuana

Friday, May 27, 2011 | 5:40 p.m. CDT; updated 6:17 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 27, 2011

COLUMBIA — A 24-year-old Columbia man was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of distributing cocaine and marijuana and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Larry E. McBride was arrested at 9 a.m. at 4703 Highway HH, Apt. B., according to a Sheriff's Department news release. Deputies reportedly discovered cocaine, marijuana and a loaded .40-caliber handgun at the apartment, according to the release.

Deputies also found drug distribution materials, including digital scales, packing material and a large sum of cash, according to the release.

“The marijuana and cocaine were both felony amounts,” said Detective Tom O’Sullivan of the Sheriff's Department.

According to the news release, McBride lives in the same neighborhood where Donnell Coleman was shot to death during a home invasion April 17.

“I think it’s newsworthy,” O’Sullivan said of the proximity of the events, “but we don’t believe the gun we confiscated today was involved in the Coleman murder.”

O’Sullivan refused to say whether the gun used to kill Coleman was also a .40-caliber handgun.

According to the release, McBride was on parole for drug-related charges, which would make his possession of a handgun illegal. In 2007, McBride was driving a car on Grindstone Parkway in which Tedarrian Robinson, a passenger, was shot and killed. 

McBride was still in custody as of Friday afternoon, and bond had not yet been set. His arrest came a week after Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight dropped charges against Deangelo Grant related to Coleman's death at the request of the Sheriff's Department.

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M Schott June 23, 2011 | 5:55 p.m.
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