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Milford Beacon
  • Meth labs uncovered in Harrington, Houston

  • The Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit has arrested two Kent County men in connection with running Meth Labs.


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  • The Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit has arrested two Kent County men in connection with running Meth Labs.
    At approximately 1:35 p.m., Sept. 2, police say troopers responded to the 100 block of Lewis Pond Lane in Harrington for an unrelated matter when they were informed of a possible Methamphetamine lab in a shed located on the property.
    Detectives from the Kent County Drug Unit and officers from DNREC were contacted and a search warrant was obtained for the shed and the residence.  The search of the shed revealed several Gatorade bottles with component mixtures of the manufacturing stages of Meth along with key ingredients in making the drug. Detectives also located two rifles and other drug paraphernalia while searching the residence, police said.
    Michael A. Ratledge, 46, was taken into custody without incident and transported back to Troop 3.  He was arrested for manufacturing with intent to deliver a controlled substance (Methamphetamine), two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was arraigned at JP Court 3 and released after posting $15,500 secured bond.
    In an unrelated incident, the Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit and Milford Police Department have concluded a several-month investigation into the manufacturing and delivery of Methamphetamine in the Houston area.
    Members of the Kent and Sussex County Drug Units along with officers from Milford P.D., DNREC, Drug Enforcement Agency and Little Creek Fire Department responded to the 3000 block of Deep Grass Lane at approximately 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in order to execute a search warrant at the residence. 
    Members of the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team were able to take 40-year-old Dennis R. Edge into custody without incident.  He was found to be in possession of approximately four grams of Meth, police said.
    Upon conducting the search of the house, detectives located a two-liter bottle and a milk jug with component mixtures of the manufacturing stages of Meth along with key ingredients in making the drug.  Detectives also located and additional 0.3 grams of Meth, two rifles and other drug paraphernalia while searching the residence, police said. Edge was transported to Milford Police Department, where he was charged with as charges by Milford P.D. No bond information was available on Edge as of Thursday.
    Deep Grass Lane between Thistlewood Road and Williamsville Road was closed for approximately three hours as the Meth lab was safely dismantled and removed from the residence, police said.
    A photo of Dennis R. Edge was not available, police said.

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