Lexington County deputies bust chop shop, seize drugs and weapons
LEXINGTON, S.C. (WACH)-- A stolen car led deputies to a chop shop in Lexington County and now five people are facing charges.
According to the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, a woman was detained at a convenience store after deputies confirmed she was driving a stolen vehicle.
“A deputy detained a woman Friday at a convenience store on Mineral Springs Road after confirming she was driving a car reported as stolen,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said.
The woman, later identified as 31-year-old Lisa Breedlove, then provided the deputy with additional information that led them to an allege chop shop on Hooksen Circle.
“Based on information the driver shared, deputies obtained a search warrant for a home in the 700 block of Hooksen Circle where they discovered individuals were altering, disassembling and storing stolen vehicles.”
Koon said an array of illegal narcotics and a handgun were found inside the home.
According to arrest warrants, Breedlove was charged with with operation of a chop shop, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, possession of heroin with intent to distribute near a school, possession of a narcotic with intent to distribute, cocaine trafficking, meth trafficking.
Also facing charges is 44-year-old James Curtis Brown of Gilbert. According to arrest warrants he has been charged with operation of a chop shop and possession of a controlled substance and possession of a stolen vehicle.
Two West Columbia men, Nickalus Furr,39 and Neil Patel, 35 have both been charged with operation of a chop shop and possession with intent to distribute heroin within a half-mile proximity of a school. Furr was also charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, trafficking cocaine,trafficking crack and trafficking heroin, according to warrants.
Warrants state Patel was also charged with possession of meth.
A Charleston man was also charged. Bryan Porter, 36, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance according to warrants.
Breedlove, Brown, Patel and Porter are being held in the Lexington County Detention Center. Furr has been released on bail.