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Meth Labs on the Rise in Kent County

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HARRINGTON, Del.- Meth labs are on the rise in parts of Kent County.

Delaware State Police have made two arrests in two days at homes just a few miles apart in Harrington.

Police say methamphetamine abuse is becoming a growing problem.

People who live in Harrington say they don't understand why people make and use meth because of the negative impacts the drug has on the body.

One woman who only wanted to be identified as Denise says she heard of lots of people that use meth.

"It's so easy to get your hands on and it's so easy for someone to get the things. It's cheap. They can get what they want from it," said Denise

On Tuesday, police arrested 25-year old Brandon Silbereisen. They say he was making meth at his home along Vernon Road in Harrington.    

Investigators are still searching for Silbereisen's aunt, 44-year old Deborah Winterbottom.

Police say she is wanted on the same charges.

On Wednesday, investigators arrested  46-year old Michael Ratledge for allegedly making meth inside his home along Lewis Pond Lane. This was his second arrest.

Police say working with the community helps them solve crimes.

"By doing that and sharing that information with other law enforcement agencies, it allows us to better pool our resources and target those criminals together," said Superintendent Nathaniel McQueen with Delaware State Police.

Denise says she has seen what meth can do to a person.

"Three or four weeks ago, I was at my boyfriends house and I heard a woman scream, 'Help, Help.' I ran downstairs and on the floor was her boyfriend, blue. I did CPR on him until the paramedics came and they said it was a drug overdose," said Denise.

Denise says that man later died at a hospital. She said paramedics found meth cooking on his kitchen stove.

Investigators say people should pay attention to strong odors like ammonia or a large amount of bottles, containers or even coffee filters on a person's property.

These are just some of the items people use to make meth.

Delaware State Police say they have discovered at least 12 meth labs this year.

WBOC reported 10 meth lab busts in Kent and Sussex counties just in the last four months.

In November, police discovered at least 4 meth labs.

There was at least one bust in October, and three this past September -- all in Kent and Sussex counties.


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