Four arrests made in Felton meth lab probe

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FELTON — The Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit arrested four people after the culmination of a two month investigation into the alleged manufacturing of methamphetamine at a residence on Reeves Crossing Road.

On Wednesday at approximately 6:05 a.m., police said, the Kent County Drug Unit with the assistance of the Kent County Governors Task Force and the State Police Special Operations Response Team, responded to the 200 block of Reeves Crossing Road to conduct a search warrant in response to an on-going investigation into the manufacturing of meth at the house, police said.

Diane Hawkins

Diane Hawkins

Upon arrival, police said, Diane R. Hawkins, 35 of that address, and Clinton May, 49 of Chestertown, Maryland, were taken into custody without incident. Upon conducting a search of the property, detectives located equipment and component mixtures of the manufacturing stages of meth along with key ingredients in making the drug, police said.

A third person, Daniel J. Dilmore, 48, of that address, was taken into custody at his place of work in Georgetown.

Daniel J. Dilmore

Daniel J. Dilmore

A second search warrant was conducted at a residence adjacent to the first house. Robert Harding, 22, of that address, was taken into custody without incident. A search revealed 1.108 pounds of marijuana along with a .357 caliber handgun, 7.62 AK47 rifle, 9mm handgun, .40 caliber handgun, .38 caliber handgun, a 12 gauge shotgun, and ammunition for the weapons, police said. Over $4,000.00 in suspected drug proceeds was also seized.

Clinton May

Clinton May

All persons were transported to Troop 3 in Camden where they were each charged with offenses.

Mr. Harding was arrested for six counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (marijuana), and five counts of possession of a deadly weapon by a person who also possesses a controlled substance. He was arraigned at JP Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna on $50,000 secured bond.

Mr. Dilmore was charged with two counts of operating a clandestine laboratory and second-degree conspiracy. He was arraigned at JP Court 2 and committed to JTVCC on $38,000 secured bond.

Robert Harding

Robert Harding

Ms. Hawkins and Mr. May were both charged with operating a clandestine laboratory and second-degree conspiracy. They were arraigned at JP Court 2 and committed to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle and JTVCC on $20,000 and $12,000 secured bond, respectively.

No evacuations were ordered as it was determined that there was no immediate hazard to nearby residents. DNREC also responded to the residence to assisted with the search and containment of the combustible substances.

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