Stolen car leads Lexington County deputies to hidden chop shop

Published: Jun. 21, 2018 at 2:07 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2018 at 8:32 AM EDT
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Multiple people in Lexington County are facing charges after deputies uncovered a suspected chop shop following the discovery of a stolen car.
Lisa Marie Breedlove, 31, of Lexington faces multiple charges including operation of a chop shop, possession of heroin with intent to distribute near a school and trafficking multiple drugs. 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. Nickalus Dustin Furr, 39, of West Columbia also faces multiple charges including possession of a weapon during a violent crime and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Neil Manhar Patel, 35, also of West Columbia is being 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. Bryan Christopher Porter, 36, of Charleston is charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to an arrest warrant.
Deputies say a woman was detained Friday at a convenience store on Mineral Springs Road after confirming she was driving a reported stolen car.
“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,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said.
The sheriff went on to say an array of illegal narcotics and a handgun were found inside the home as well.

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

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