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Two men were charged Tuesday with possessing a stolen riding lawnmower and a handgun, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said.
Travis Leon Horton, 26, and Charles Heyward Spires, Jr., 26, were arrested on one count each of receiving stolen goods.
Horton is being held on bonds totaling $105,000. Spires is being held on bonds totaling $47,130.
Arrest warrants allege on Sept. 3 Horton and Spires possessed one Craftsman riding lawnmower that had been reported stolen on Aug. 27 from a home on Bluefield Road near Lexington.
Detectives recovered the stolen lawnmower, a handgun and a motorcycle license plate after executing a search warrant at Horton's home.
Detectives determined that Horton bought the riding lawnmower and handgun from Spires and knew that the lawnmower and handgun had been reported stolen, Metts said.
On Sept. 4, officers with the Lexington Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) arrested Horton on charges that Horton operated a methamphetamine lab at his home, Metts said.
Officers also charged Horton with possessing heroin, possessing marijuana, unlawfully possessing four handguns and unlawfully possessing a prescription painkiller. In addition, officers seized about $3,000 in cash from Horton's home.
Detectives determined Spires also possessed four fishing boats and trailers worth a combined total of $51,800.
Two electric guitars, one acoustic guitar and one 42-inch, flat-screen television worth a combined total of $2,830 were also found in Spires' possesion.
Anyone with information about additional criminal activity involving Horton or Spires is asked to contact the Lexington County Sheriff's Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff's Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).