SEAFORD, Del.- Authorities say a several month-long investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine has led to the arrests of a Seaford couple.
Delaware State Police said that at approximately 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, troopers executed a search warrant on a home located on the 26000 block of Walker Road in the Up Country Manufactured Home Park.
Members of the DSP Sussex County Drug Unit, Sussex County Governor's Task Force and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control took 24-year-old Robert A. Donovan and 21-year-old Nichole M. Messick into custody.
Investigators said that Donovan and Messick were each found to be in possession of 0.1 gram of meth.
Detectives said a search of the house revealed component mixtures of the manufacturing stages of meth, along with key ingredients to making the drug. Police said they also found a switchblade knife, ammunition and other drug paraphernalia.
According to investigators, the couple's infant son was turned over to a neighbor until relatives could take him under their care. Police notified the Division of Family Services of the child living there.
Donavan was charged with possession of an ammunition by a person prohibited, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, manufacturing methamphetamine, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree conspiracy and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held in the Sussex County Correctional Institution on $75,500 bond.
Messick was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree conspiracy and three counts of drug paraphernalia. She was committed to the Women's Correctional Institution on $15,500 bond.
Walker Road was closed for approximately six hours as the meth lab was safely dismantled and removed from the home, police said.
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