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Del. Police Bust 2 Methamphetamine Labs in Kent County

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Delaware State Police provided this photo of  the items seized in the Harrington methamphetamine lab bust. Delaware State Police provided this photo of the items seized in the Harrington methamphetamine lab bust.
Delaware State Police provided this photo of the items seized in the Houston, Del., methamphetamine lab bust. Delaware State Police provided this photo of the items seized in the Houston, Del., methamphetamine lab bust.

KENT COUNTY, Del.- Delaware State Police say two men are facing charges after separate investigations led to the discovery of two methamphetamine labs in Kent County. 

Police said that around 1:35 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2, troopers responded to the 100 block of Lewis Pond Lane in Harrington for an unrelated matter and were informed of a suspected methamphetamine lab in a shed on the property. 

The Kent County Drug Unit and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control were contacted and a search warrant was obtained for the shed and home.

Police said that a search of the shed led to the discovery of key ingredients for making methamphetamine and Gatorade bottles with component mixtures of the manufacturing stages of the drug. A search of the home uncovered additional drug paraphernalia and two rifles, according to investigators.

Troopers said 46-year-old Michael A. Ratledge of Harrington was taken into custody in connection with this operation and taken back to Troop 3 where he was charged with manufacturing with intent to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was released on $15,500 secured bond.

In a separate incident, the DSP Kent County Drug Unit and Milford Police Department were able to conclude a several month investigation into the manufacture and delivery of methamphetamine in the Houston, Del., area.

Police said that around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, the Kent and Sussex County Drug Units, Milford Police Department, DNREC, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Little Creek Fire Department responded to the 3000 block of Deep Grass Lane to execute a search warrant.

Authorities said 40-year-old Dennis R. Edge of Houston was found to be in possession of approximately 4 grams of methamphetamine and was taken into custody by the DSP Special Operations Response Team.

Police said that while searching the home they were able to locate key ingredients for making methamphetamine and a two-liter bottle and milk jug containing component mixtures of the manufacturing stages of the drug. Police said and addition 0.3 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and two rifles were also found in the search.

Edge was taken to the Milford Police Department and charged with manufacturing with intent to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine), two counts of drug dealing, two counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, two counts of possession of a firearm by person prohibited, possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as charges by the Milford Police Department. No bond information for Edge was immediately available.

Deep Grass Lane between Thistlewood and Williamsville roads was closed for approximately three hours as the methamphetamine lab was dismantled and removed from the home, according to police.

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