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Two Arrested in Camden After Police Find Portable Meth Lab

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James D. Murphy and Brittney Ebright (Photo: Delaware State Police) James D. Murphy and Brittney Ebright (Photo: Delaware State Police)

CAMDEN, Del. -- The Delaware State Police say troopers uncovered a portable meth lab over the weekend while executing an arrest warrant for theft charges west of Camden, Delaware.

According to Sgt. Richard Bratz with the Delaware State Police, just before 9:15 Sunday morning, troopers attempted to locate and arrest 37-year-old James D. Murphy, of Camden-Wyoming, at a home in the 5,000 block of Mud Mill Road in Camden. Sgt. Bratz said the home had been abandoned and the investigation uncovered the Murphy was at the home with a woman, 30-year-old Brittney Ebright, of Camden-Wyoming. Bratz said the owner of the property came to the home but Murphy refused to come out. After a long wait, Murphy and Ebright were both taken into custody without incident, Sgt. Bratz said. Murphy was found to be in possession of one bundle of heroin.

Upon taking Murphy and Ebright into custody, Sgt. Bratz said a search of the home revealed several pre cursor items used to manufacture methamphetamine along with two waste bottles. Members of Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control responded and safely collected the evidence. A search was conducted, Sgt. Bratz said, which revealed equipment and component mixtures of the manufacturing stages of Meth along with key ingredients in making the drug.

Murphy and Ebright were transported to Troop 3 where they were charged with operating a clandestine lab, second-degree conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia. Murphy is also being charged for possession of heroin and resisting arrest. In addition he was also charged on the previous warrant for theft, criminal trespass, and criminal mischief. He was arraigned and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on an $11,500 secured bond. Ebright was arraigned and released on $8,750 unsecured bond, Sgt. Bratz said.

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