Queen Anne’s man ap­pre­hended at sus­pected meth lab

The Star Democrat - - LOCAL -

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 com­mit­ted ini­tially to the James T. Vaughn Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter in Smyrna, Del., on $12,000 bond.

May and Diane R. Hawkins, 35, of the 200-block of Reeves Cross­ing Road in Fel­ton, were ap­pre­hended Sept. 28 when the Delaware 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 held ini­tially in the Delores J. Bay­lor Women’s Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion in New Cas­tle, Del. in lieu of $20,000 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 Delaware State Po­lice news re­lease.

Po­lice said 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 inci- dent, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

From Hard­ing’s res­i­dence, po l ice 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 sus- pected 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.

He was com­mit­ted ini­tially to the James T. Vaughn Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter on $50,000 bond.

Dil­more was charged with two counts of op­er­at­ing a clan­des­tine lab­o­ra­tory and con­spir­acy. He was held ini- tially in lieu of $38,000.00 bond.

No evac­u­a­tions were or­dered, as it was de­ter­mined there was no im­me­di­ate hazard to nearby res­i­dents, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

The Delaware De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­trol also re­sponded to as­sist with the search and con­tain­ment of the com­bustible sub­stances.

The Kent County Gover­nors Task Force and the state po­lice Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Re­sponse Team as­sisted the Kent County Drug Unit with ser­vice of the war­rants.

CLIN­TON O. MAY

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