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Del. Meth Lab Bust Leads to Four Arrests

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Shown is the home on Woodyard Road where police said the meth lab bust occurred. Shown is the home on Woodyard Road where police said the meth lab bust occurred.
Thomas N. Vanvliet, 40, of Harrington Thomas N. Vanvliet, 40, of Harrington
Colt Towers, 30, of Greenwood Colt Towers, 30, of Greenwood
Joshua B. Wilson, 29, of Harrington Joshua B. Wilson, 29, of Harrington

HARRINGTON, Del.- Police say a meth lab bust at a home south of Harrington has led to the arrests of four people.

Authorities said that shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday, members of the Kent County Drug Task Force, with the assistance of the DSP Special Operations Response Team, Dover Police Department, DNREC and the Little Creek Fire Department, conducted a search warrant at 1658 Woodyard Road in response to a four-month investigation into the manufacturing of meth at the home.

Upon arrival at the property, Joshua B. Wilson, 29, of Harrington, was located in a detached garage and after a brief struggle with troopers, he was taken into custody and found to be in possession of .1 gram of methamphetamine, police said..

Investigators said that also located in the garage were Colt D. Towers, 30, of Greenwood, and Norman W. Meyer Jr., 51, of Federalsburg, Md. Both were both taken into custody without incident. Towers was found to be in possession of a 4-inch dagger and Meyer had three oxycodone pills in his possession, police said.

Thomas N. Vanvliet, 40, of Harrington, was taken into custody inside the home. Police said that upon conducting a search of the property, detectives located equipment and component mixtures of the manufacturing stages of meth, key ingredients in making the drug, three rifles, various types of ammunition, and a .38-caliber revolver.

Vanvliet, who police said is the homeowner, was charged with three counts of possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, operating a clandestine laboratory, manufacturing methamphetamine, second-degree conspiracy, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was ordered held on $59,200 secured bond.

Wilson was charged with five counts of possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, operating a clandestine laboratory, manufacturing methamphetamine, second-degree conspiracy, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia and ordered held on $123,200 secured bond.

Towers was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon and ordered held in lieu of $2,000 secured bond. He was also found to have a capias out of Sussex County Family Court, police said.

Meyer was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was given a $400 unsecured bond on those charges. However, police said Meyer he was ordered held in the JTVCC on two capiases out of the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.

Woodyard Road experienced partial closures for approximately four hours during the investigation, police say.

Police said no evacuations were ordered as it was determined that there was no immediate hazard to nearby residents.


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