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      Lexington County officers seize a methamphetamine laboratory

      Kinsli Jaid Bruce, 21

      LEXINGTON (WACH) - Officers in Lexington County seized a methamphetamine laboratory that was being operated at a home on Edmund Highway near West Columbia on Friday, May 16. Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said the Narcotics Enforcement Team officers arrest Tren Ladell Browder, 42; Kinsli Jaid Bruce, 21; Amanda Elizabeth Greene, 25; and James Lowell West, 32.

      Browder and Bruce were charged with possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it. Greene and West were charged of manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine, exposing a child to methamphetamine laboratory and unlawful conduct towards a child by legal custodian.

      At 11 a.m. on Friday, South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services agents went to arrest West on an arrest warrant for violating the conditions of his probation. When the agents arrived, they found West hiding in a closet in a bedroom. The agents spotted drug paraphernalia that was being used to ingest methamphetamine at the home. The agents also found a 3 year old girl and 16 month old boy locked in another bedroom. Deputies contacted the South Carolina Department of Social Services, which placed the 3-year-old girl and 16-month-old boy in a relative??s custody, Metts said. The two children were placed in the relative??s custody after a physician at Lexington Medical Center determined that the children had not been physically harmed by their exposure to the methamphetamine laboratory.

      Deputies and agents with the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services conducted a traffic stop on a Honda Accord that was owned by a person who lives at the Edmund Highway home after Bruce drove the car past the home when she saw marked patrol cars at the residence, Metts said. Browder was a passenger in the car.

      Officers found a used needle in Browder??s backpack and two digital scales in the passenger compartment of the Honda Accord, Metts said. Officers found methamphetamine in Bruce??s pocketbook.

      NET officers executed a search warrant at the Edmund Highway home and found two reaction vessels that Greene and West actively were using to manufacture methamphetamine at the home as well as about six grams of methamphetamine, Metts said. Officers found the methamphetamine and reaction vessels in the home??s master bedroom and master bathroom.

      NET officers dismantled and safely disposed of the two reaction vessels that were being used to manufacture methamphetamine at the Edmund Highway home, Metts said.

      Browder and Bruce were charged with possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it. Greene and West were charged of manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine, exposing a child to methamphetamine laboratory and unlawful conduct towards a child by legal custodian.

      Metts asks anyone with information about illegal drug activity in Lexington County to call the Lexington County Sheriff's Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.