Queen Anne’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 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