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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Portable Meth Lab Discovered in Felton

Felton - Troopers are investigating the discovery of a portable meth lab located at a residence in Felton, DE.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at approximately 8:30 p.m., as the Delaware State Police Governor’s Task Force responded to a residence located in the 100 block of Cabin Ridge Road, Felton to search for two wanted suspects, James T. Moore, 40, a probationer who was wanted for violation of probation, and, Steven Jester, a probationer who was wanted out of Felton Police Department on a criminal trespass warrant. A search was conducted of the property and the suspects James T. Moore and Darryl Cox were located hiding in a small shed towards the rear of the property. Steven Jester was not located at this residence.

Upon rendering the shed safe numerous items were observed consistent with a clandestine meth lab. It was determined that bottles were used with active portable meth labs utilized to manufacture methamphetamine. After further investigation Troopers located additional bottles containing waste associated with the manufacturing of meth along with components and key ingredients in making the drug.

Darryl Cox (44) and James T. Moore (40) were each charged with Resisting Arrest, Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, Operation of a Clandestine Meth Lab, Conspiracy Second Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Violation of Probation. Both were committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional center in default of $28,500.

Troopers were assisted by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit, and the Little Creek Fire Department during the dismantling of the portable meth lab, cleanup and mitigation process to dispose of the waste. The shed was cleaned up and declared safe without further incident.

No evacuations were ordered as it was determined that there was no immediate threat or hazards to nearby residents.

Troopers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident.

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