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Officers Arrest Two Men for Distributing Drugs


Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) on Tuesday, June 10 served arrest warrants on two men who were wanted for distributing marijuana and methamphetamine together from the men’s respective homes on Bluefield Road and Wolverton Mountain Lane near Lexington.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said NET officers obtained arrest warrants for Ralph William Busbee, 53, of 125 Wolverton Mountain Lane, Lexington, and Travis Leon Horton, 27, of 927 Bluefield Road, Lexington, as a result of conducting an undercover investigation that officers initiated about two months ago concerning an illegal drug distribution business that Busbee and Horton operated in the Lexington community.

On Tuesday morning, NET officers went to Busbee’s Wolverton Mountain Lane home, where officers arrested Busbee on arrest warrants on four counts of distributing methamphetamine, three counts of distributing marijuana and one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine, manufacturing marijuana, possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute it, possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, improperly disposing of waste from a methamphetamine laboratory, unlawfully altering pseudoephredrine, unlawfully possessing morphine with the intent to distribute it, unlawfully possessing a controlled substance and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, Metts said. Busbee was being held on Tuesday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

NET officers found evidence that a methamphetamine laboratory had been operated at Busbee’s home as well as 19 marijuana plants, one handgun and one motor vehicle that had been reported stolen, Metts said. Officers arrested Busbee and booked Busbee at the county Detention Center at 8:42 a.m. on Tuesday.

Officers later went to Horton’s Bluefield Road home, where officers arrested Horton on arrest warrants on four counts of distributing methamphetamine, two counts of distributing marijuana and one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine, improperly disposing of waste from a methamphetamine laboratory, possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute it, possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, possessing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and possessing stolen property, Metts said. Horton was being held on Tuesday at the county Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing. Horton was booked at the Detention Center at 1:14 p.m. on Tuesday.

Officers also arrested Horton’s live-in girlfriend, Melissa Hyder, 20, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine, improperly disposing of waste from a methamphetamine laboratory, possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute it, possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, possessing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and possessing stolen property, Metts said. Hyder was being held on Tuesday at the county Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

Officers executed a search warrant at Horton’s home and found four reaction vessels that actively were being used to manufacture methamphetamine as well as marijuana, three firearms, including one firearm that had been reported stolen, and one stolen motor vehicle, Metts said.

Metts asked anyone with information about illegal drug activity in Lexington County to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. NET is comprised of officers from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Batesburg-Leesville Police Department and Lexington Police Department. Metts and municipal police chiefs implemented NET in 2001 in order to enhance drug enforcement in the county.



 


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