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Deputies bust chop shop, seize guns and drugs


West Columbia, SC - The discovery of a stolen car led deputies to a suspected chop shop and the arrest of five people on property crimes, drug and weapons charges.

“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. “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.

Lisa Marie Breedlove, 31, of Lexington is charged 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 and heroin trafficking, according to arrest warrants.

James Curtis Brown, 44, of Gilbert is charged with operation of a chop shop and possession of a controlled substance and possession of a stolen vehicle, according to arrest warrants.

Nickalus Dustin Furr, 39, of West Columbia is charged with operation of a chop shop, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, possession with intent to distribute heroin within a half-mile proximity of a school, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, trafficking cocaine, trafficking crack and trafficking heroin, according to arrest warrants.

Neil Manhar Patel, 35, of West Columbia is charged with operation of a chop shop, possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute heroin within a half-mile proximity of a school and possession of meth, according to arrest warrants.

Bryan Christopher Porter, 36, of Charleston is charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to an arrest warrant.

Breedlove, Brown, Patel and Porter are being held in the Lexington County Detention Center. Furr has been released on bail.

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