School board member, woman arrested for trafficking meth in Lancaster County

A local school board member and another woman have been arrested after deputies say they were caught trafficking methamphetamine. 

James M. Brooks, 50, of Lancaster, and Carol Jean Broom, 37, of Fort Mill, were arrested by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office early Saturday morning on November 26.

According to the sheriff's office, a deputy was fueling his patrol car at the QT on Charlotte Highway at Collins Road around 3:00 a. m. Saturday when he was approached by a person who suggested he check on Brooks and Broom, who were inside the store. Another deputy arrived to help.  

The deputies followed Brooks and Broom as they left the store in a rented Kia Optima driven by Broom and stopped the car on Doby’s Bridge Road after observing the car swerving in the roadway. 

After writing Broom a warning ticket, the sheriff's office said the deputy saw on open beer bottle in the car. Brooks and Broom were taken out of the car and detained.

The assisting deputy saw a metal tray with white powder residue on it partially under the front passenger seat. He also saw a plastic bag containing a white crystalline substance in a pocket of Brooks’ jacket. Brooks was searched, and the bag and another containing a similar substance were found in the jacket. 

According to the sheriff's office, deputies next searched the car and found a capped plastic cylinder attached by magnets to the car inside the trunk near the rear seat which contained several plastic bags of the crystalline substance. The crystalline substance field tested positive for methamphetamine, and the total weight was over 24 grams.

Approximately 3.6 grams of a substance suspected to be marijuana was found in a suitcase in the trunk. A loaded 12 gauge shotgun was also found in the trunk. Broom’s purse contained two hypodermic needles, a spoon, and a glass pipe, and a butane torch lighter was also found in the car. Cash totaling $332 was seized from Brooks’ wallet.

Brooks and Broom are each charged with trafficking methamphetamine 10-28 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brooks is also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and simple possession of marijuana. Broom is also charged with possession of an open container of beer.  

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