Milford man arrested after alleged thefts and discovery of meth lab

MILFORD — A stolen copper wire investigation led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab Friday morning, authorities said.

Troopers were executing a residential search warrant regarding three theft cases when a lab was found in the 21000 block of Rodney Park Drive, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said. Entry was made at approximately 9 a.m.

Paul D. Reedy was identified as a person of interest, authorities said. He was taken into custody without incident during the search warrant.

An earlier investigation into large amounts of copper wire stripped and stolen from homes under construction began in May.
Roughly $3,500 worth of copper wire was taken along with a trail camera, Cpl. Jaffe said.

Paul D. Reedy

When the lab was discovered, police said, the Little Creek Fire Department and Delaware Department of Natural Resources were called in to assist.
McColley Road between Shockley Road and Cedar Branch Road was closed for approximately four hours before the area was deemed safe, police said.
According to police, approximately .06 grams of methamphetamine were seized, along with key elements to manufacture the drug.

Also found were large amounts of copper wire and a trail camera, authorities said.

Possession charges included with intent to manufacture, deliver a controlled substance, controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, along with three counts each of theft, selling stolen property and third-degree burglary, and a count of unlawfully operating a clandestine laboratory.

Mr. Reedy was held at Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on a $31,000 secured bond.

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