Man charged with operating mobile meth lab

Richard H. Janvier III

DOVER — An early morning traffic stop Monday led to discovery of a mobile meth lab, Delaware State Police said.

Police said a trooper noticed a truck make an improper lane change on U.S. Route 13/North Dupont Highway at approximately 1:22 a.m. and pulled the vehicle over. The driver and sole occupant, 28-year-old Richard H. Janvier III, had a suspended license, and his car was not insured, police said.

Troopers conducted a search of the car and discovered drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine, police said. The Kent County Drug Unit and the Delaware Department of Natural Recourses responded to assist with the investigation.

Mr. Janvier’s car was allegedly found to have .95 grams of meth, a “one pot” meth bottle and other components used to manufacture the drug. A one pot bottle is a type of container, such as a 2 liter soda bottle, that meth can be made in.

Due to the hazardous and combustible nature of the materials used in this process, northbound Route 13 was shut down for approximately 90 minutes. The one pot meth lab was rendered safe without incident.

Mr. Janvier was taken to Troop 3, where he was charged possession of a controlled substance (meth), unlawful to knowingly operate or attempt to operate a clandestine laboratory (one pot meth lab) and several traffic violations. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 7 and released after posting $3,500 secured bond.

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