QA’s man apprehended at suspected meth lab
FELTON, DEL. — A Chestertown-area man was charged with operating a clandestine laboratory and conspiracy following a raid on a suspected methamphetamine lab in Felton.
Clinton Oscar May III, 49, of Church Hill Road in Queen Anne’s County, was initially committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del. on $12,000 secured bond.
May and Diane R. Hawkins, 35, of the 200-block of Reeves Crossing Road in Felton, were apprehended Sept. 28 when the Dela- ware State Police’s Kent County Drug Unit executed a search warrant shortly after 6 a.m. at Hawkins’ residence.
The warrant was obtained during a two-month investigation into the alleged manufacturing of meth at Hawkins’ residence, according to a Delaware State Police news release.
Hawkins and May were taken into custody without incident, police said.
Hawkins, also charged with operating a clandestine laboratory and conspiracy, was initially held in the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle, Del. in lieu of $20,000 secured bond.
During a search of the property, police located equipment and component mixtures of the manufacturing stages of methamphetamine along with key ingredients in making the drug, according to the Dela- ware State Police news release.
Police reported that a third suspect, Daniel J. Dilmore, 48, who lived in the same residence as Hawkins, was taken into custody at his place of work in Georgetown, Del.
A second search warrant was executed at an adjacent residence. Robert Harding, 22, of that address, was taken into custody without incident, according to the news release.
From Harding’s residence, police seized 1.108 pounds of suspected marijuana, a .357 caliber handgun, an AK-47 rifle, a 9mm handgun, a .40 caliber handgun, a .38 caliber handgun, a 12- gauge shotgun and ammunition for the weapons, according to police. Also, more than $4,000 in suspected drug proceeds was seized.
Harding was charged with six counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (marijuana); and five counts of possession of a deadly weapon by a person who also possesses a controlled substance.
CLINTON O. MAY