Illegal chop shop in Gaston busted with drugs and guns - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Illegal chop shop in Gaston busted with drugs and guns

Pictured from left to right, Wayne Boron, Andrew Chamberlain, and Robert Flowers were three of six arrested for operating an illegal chop shop along with possession of drugs and firearms in Gaston. (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department) Pictured from left to right, Wayne Boron, Andrew Chamberlain, and Robert Flowers were three of six arrested for operating an illegal chop shop along with possession of drugs and firearms in Gaston. (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department)
Pictured from left to right, Katie Leavitt, Sarah Steele, and Alexis Wilson were three of six arrested for the illegal operation of a chop shop along with being in possession of drugs and firearms in Gaston. (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department) Pictured from left to right, Katie Leavitt, Sarah Steele, and Alexis Wilson were three of six arrested for the illegal operation of a chop shop along with being in possession of drugs and firearms in Gaston. (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department)
GASTON, SC (WIS) -

Deputies arrested six individuals in connection with an illegal chop shop that was being operated behind a Gaston home that also contained several weapons and drugs.

Wayne Boron, Andrew Chamberlain, Robert Flowers, Katie Leavitt, Sarah Steele, and Alexis Wilson were all taken into custody after the Lexington County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant on a Blackville Road home based on a tip from a community member on drug activity at the home. 

Authorities found Xanax, Valium, and meth along with seven firearms. The search was conducted in tandem with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division. 

Deputies executed a second search warrant on an area behind the house, discovering what investigators believe is an operating chop shop where the suspects had been trying to make serial numbers on vehicles unreadable, according to Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon. 

“While executing a separate search warrant, deputies discovered a stolen motorcycle with several other motorcycles frames and all-terrain vehicles,” Koon said. “Steps had been taken to make the serial numbers on these vehicles unreadable. Other motorcycle and truck parts were at the location indicating a chop shop was in operation behind the home.”

Boron, 23, is charged with illegal possession of a firearm and unlawfully operating a chop shop. Chamberlain, 30, is charged with possession of ammunition by a person convicted of a violent crime, unlawfully operating a chop shop, and drug possession and trafficking charges. Flowers, 32, is charged with possession of a stolen handgun, unlawfully operating a chop shop, possession with intent to distribute and drug trafficking charges. Leavitt, 23, was wanted by the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. Steele, 31, is charged with possessing controlled substances and meth. Wilson, 22, is charged with possessing meth. 

Copyright 2018 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • US anti-IS office gets reprieve as Syria pullout accelerates

    US anti-IS office gets reprieve as Syria pullout accelerates

    Sunday, May 20 2018 11:21 AM EDT2018-05-20 15:21:26 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 5:43 PM EDT2018-05-20 21:43:40 GMT
    (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File). FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition against IS, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq. The Trump administration will keep open the Stat...(AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File). FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition against IS, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq. The Trump administration will keep open the Stat...

    The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six month more months.

    More >>

    The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six month more months.

    More >>
  • Trump to demand DOJ review claims of FBI spy on campaign

    Trump to demand DOJ review claims of FBI spy on campaign

    Sunday, May 20 2018 2:11 PM EDT2018-05-20 18:11:29 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 5:43 PM EDT2018-05-20 21:43:34 GMT
    Trump referred to some who cross the border illegally as "animals," not people. (Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Trump referred to some who cross the border illegally as "animals," not people. (Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    President Donald Trump says he'll demand that the Justice Department review whether the department or the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign for political purposes, and whether any demands or requests came...

    More >>

    President Donald Trump says he'll demand that the Justice Department review whether the department or the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign for political purposes, and whether any demands or requests came from the Obama administration.

    More >>
  • Texas mourners endure grief that 'none of us can comprehend'

    Texas mourners endure grief that 'none of us can comprehend'

    Saturday, May 19 2018 11:51 PM EDT2018-05-20 03:51:30 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 5:43 PM EDT2018-05-20 21:43:29 GMT
    (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...(Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

    More >>

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly