Po­lice find sus­pected meth lab in Sudlersville

Record Observer - - Front Page - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

SUDLERSVILLE — Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s de­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing a se­ries of thefts from cars in the north­ern part of the county found what ap­peared to be a drug lab when they served a war­rant at a res­i­dence on Duhamel Corner Road early Sept. 22.

“While search­ing the res­i­dence they lo­cated what ap­peared to be an ex­plo­sive de­vice and ev­i­dence of a lab

to pro­duce metham­phetamine,” ac­cord­ing to Lt. Dale Pa­trick, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer for the sher­iff’s of­fice.

De­tec­tives cleared the res­i­dence and called in bomb tech­ni­cians from the Mary­land State Fire Mar­shal’s Of­fice and Delaware De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­trol. Sudlersville Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, county EMS, county emer­gency ser­vices and Chop­tank Elec­tric also re­sponded.

Emer­gency re­spon­ders searched the house, shed and grounds, seiz­ing ev­i­dence as they went.

“It was more chem­i­cals, ace­tone, buck­ets, more Hell’s An­gels style than ‘Break­ing Bad,’” Pa­trick said.

The search took most of the day and at­tracted at­ten­tion of neigh­bors and passersby, who wanted to know what was hap­pen­ing.

Neigh­bor John Lofland videoed the line of emer­gency ve­hi­cles in front of the res­i­dence. Then his wife Beckie called the news­pa­per to see if any­one knew what was go­ing on. When she heard it was a sus­pected meth lab, she said, “I fig­ured it was some­thing like that — that or a dead body — with all those cars.”

Lofland shared his video of the po­lice ac­tiv­ity.

No one was home at the time of the search.; the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing, Pa­trick said.

Po­lice did not re­lease the full ad­dress or the name of the prop­erty owner.

PHOTO BY DALE PA­TRICK

Fire­fight­ers and bomb tech­ni­cians re­sponded to a res­i­dence on Duhamel Corner Road Thurs­day, Sept. 22, af­ter po­lice say they found what ap­peared to be ex­plo­sives and ev­i­dence of a drug lab.

PHO­TOS BY DALE PA­TRICK

Po­lice say they found ev­i­dence of a meth lab at this res­i­dence on Duhamel Corner Road Thurs­day morn­ing, Sept. 22.

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