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Rehoboth Couple Arrested After Fire from Meth Lab

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Eric P. Marine and Susan Trudeau Eric P. Marine and Susan Trudeau
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Delaware State Police have arrested a Rehoboth Beach couple after troopers say a fire broke out in the couple's apartment from what they call a "one-pot" methamphetamine lab.

Troopers and local fire departments responded to the Beach Haven Apartment complex at 35948 Haven Drive at around 8 p.m. Monday for a reported fire with a possible entrapment in unit 101. Troopers said that soon after the initial call, it was reported there was a domestic incident happening in the parking lot, which may be related to the fire, and a man ran from the scene.

Troopers were given a description of the suspect, along with his name, and soon located Eric P. Marine, 37, of Rehoboth Beach, walking in the area of Applebee's where he was taken into custody without incident, according to troopers. Upon conducting a search of Marine, troopers said he was found to be in possession of a hypodermic needle, seven Clonazepam pills, two Tramadol pills, two Prazonsin pills, one Norvir, two Bromocriptine pills, three Pramipexole Dihydrochloride pills, and one Lyrica pill.

Police said the other occupant of the apartment, Susan Trudeau, 54, also of Rehoboth Beach, was already safely out of the building and was being treated by EMS.

A joint investigation with the State Fire Marshal's Office determined the fire started in a spare bedroom where equipment and component mixtures of meth, alMethwith key ingredients in making the drug, were located.

Troopers said they assumed the investigation and were assisted by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control during the dismantling of the meth lab, Methg with the cleanup and mitigation process to dispose of the waste.

Marine and Trudeau were both decontaminated by Sussex County Paramedic's DECON team and then transported to Beebe Medical Center before being released without any life-threatening injuries. They were both transported by troopers to Troop 4 in Georgetown where they were both charged with manufacturing Methamphetamine, second-degree conspiracy, operating a clandestine lab, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Marine was additionally charged with possession of a non-controlled substance without a prescription, possession of a Schedule IV narcotic, and possession of a Schedule V narcotic.

Both were arraigned at JP3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $30,750 and $30,700 secured bonds respectively.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, troopers say an air quality check was conducted by DNREC and residents of the apartment evacuated during the fire and clean up were allowed back into the building.

One of those neighbors was Debbie Miller, who said she had talked to Trudeau in passing multiple times.

"You would have never dreamed that a meth lab was right aMethd the corner from your condo," she said.

Miller said the community is usually quiet and that made the discovery that much more shocking.
    
"It was ludicrous," she said. "And shocking. And needless to say very upsetting... Very upsetting."

Another neighbor Michael Heath said that he was inside when the commotion all began.

"We were swarmed with fire engines," he said. "All different types of emergency vehicles. Delaware State Police. Every emergency vehicle that you could think of was here."

Heath told WBOC that there were various red flags that there was something wrong in the household. However, he never thought that it was something as large as a meth lab.

"Something was goingMeththat shouldn't be going on," he said. "But it was going on. And it's been going on for quite a while."
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