Meth lab found in Kent Acres; one man arrested

DOVER, Md. - Delaware State Police say a Dover man was arrested Tuesday when the Kent County Governor's Task Force and Probation and Parole officers discovered a meth lab in a shed.

Officers say they responded at around 4:40 Tuesday afternoon to Wayne Drive in the Kent Acres development attempting to find two suspects wanted for probation violations, as well as following up on tips of a possible meth lab on the property.

The two suspects police were seeking were not present, but the homeowner consented to a search of the property, according to officials.

Officers say they found 36-year-old Gerald Shields in the property's back yard standing near a shed.

A search of the shed revealed equipment and ingredients for making methamphetamine, along with 1.2 grams of the finished product, police said.

Shields was arrested and charged with operating a clandestine lab, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine.

He was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $10,100 secured bond.

Police say DNREC contained any combustible substances and that there is no immediate hazards to nearby residents.

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