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School board member, woman charged with trafficking meth in Lancaster

LANCASTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) -

A member of Lancaster County School Board has been arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

According to Sheriff Barry Faile, James M. Brooks was arrested early Saturday morning. Brooks was elected to the Lancaster County School Board in 2014 to represent District One.

A deputy was fueling his patrol car at the QT on Charlotte Highway at Collins Road around 3:00 a.m. Saturday when someone suggested he check on Brooks and woman, who were inside the store.

That woman was 37-year-old Carol Jean Broom, of Fort Mill.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies followed Brooks and Broom as they left the store and stopped the car on Doby’s Bridge Road after observing Broom began swerving in the roadway.

The deputy saw an open beer bottle in the car and asked Brooks and Broom to get out of the vehicle. A second deputy then reportedly found a metal tray with white powder residue under the passenger seat.

That deputy also found a plastic bag containing a white crystalline substance in a pocket of Brooks’ jacket. During a search, deputies found another bag containing a similar substance in his jacket.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies found a capped plastic cylinder inside the trunk which contained several plastic bags of the crystalline substance. That substance tested positive for methamphetamine.

In total, deputies say they found 24 grams of the methamphetamine, 3.6 grams of a substance suspected to be marijuana and a loaded 12 gauge shotgun.

Two hypodermic needles, a spoon, and a glass pipe were found in Broom’s purse. A butane torch lighter was also found in the car.

Brooks and Broom were each charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brooks was also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and simple possession of marijuana.  

Broom was charged with possession of an open container of beer.

"I want to thank the citizen who called our attention to Mr. Brooks and Ms. Broom at the QT. Our deputies were able to make a traffic stop on the car, and their careful observations during the stop gave them what they needed to search the pair and the car," Sheriff Barry Faile said. "A substantial quantity of methamphetamine was taken off the street as the result of this investigation.” 

Lancaster County Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore released a statement Monday evening, saying he'd just learned of the incident.

“We’ll be continuing to gather information about the situation as well as assess any possible actions that may be required," Moore said.

Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372) or email www.sccrimestoppers.com.

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