Sarah C. Bell also was wanted on an outstanding warrant from Kent County Court of Common Pleas.

A Hartly woman has been arrested after the car in which she was riding was stopped and state police found the makings of a methamphetamine operation.

DSP spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said the women, identified as Sarah C. Bell, 30, was working on the meth even as the car was moving.

The incident took place at about 2:21 a.m. Sunday, April 22 when a trooper stopped a Volkswagen Jetta for a traffic violation on Fox Hollow Drive, Magnolia.

Bell was a passenger in the Jetta, which was driven by Ashley N. Lane, 25, of Rehoboth. Both women were wanted by the Kent County Court of Common Pleas and subsequently taken into custody.

A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of materials commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine, Jaffe said. Troopers determined all the materials belonged to Bell and that she was in fact actively manufacturing methamphetamine at the time the vehicle was stopped.

Due to the hazardous and combustible nature of the materials used in this process, the DNREC officers, along with the Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit were called in to help with the investigation. They rendered the one-pot meth lab safe without incident.

Bell is charged with unlawfully operating a clandestine lab and committed to the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in lieu of $10,000 secured bail.

Lane is charged with failure to signal, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on a $300 unsecured bail.