WEST COLUMBIA, SC — Two children were placed in Department of Social Services custody Friday after a raid on a West Columbia home to serve a warrant for a probation violation uncovered a meth lab, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said in a news release.
State probation officials visited the home to arrest James Lowell West, 32, of Prosperity, and contacted the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team after allegedly finding an operating methamphetamine lab. A 3-year-old girl and 16-month-old boy were found locked in a bedroom of the home at 5021 Edmund Highway, Lot 1.
Arrested at the house along with West was Amanda Elizabeth Greene, 25. Tren Ladell Browder, 42, of Lexington and Kinsli Jaid Bruce, 21, of West Columbia were arrested a short time later during a traffic stop. Bruce was driving a car registered to the owner of the Edmunds Highway address and was seen driving by the house during the raid. Browder was a passenger in the car.
Browder and Bruce were charged with possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it. Greene and West were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine, exposing a child to a methamphetamine laboratory and unlawful conduct toward a child by a legal custodian.
The two children were turned over to relatives after being checked out and cleared by a doctor, Metts said. The four adults were being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on Friday night.