Police: Farmington meth lab shut down; three arrested

Three men were arrested, after police say they were operating a meth lab, in Farmington.

Delaware State Police say on Sunday, around 3:30 AM, troopers responded to the 2000 block of Hickman Road for a report of people making methamphetamine, in a trailer behind a home. Once on scene, troopers reportedly noticed equipment and mixtures used at different stages to create meth, along with the strong smell of ammonia.

According to the report, at that time, authorities noticed an active "one-pot" on the floor, while speaking with the three suspects in the trailer. Police say they then detained 21-year-old Brian Holben, of Farmington, 22-year-old Hunter Stockman, of Bridgeville, and 21-year-old Lathan Verry, of Greenwood and the Kent County Drug Unit was called to the scene. Officials say that the Delaware State Police KDU and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control responded to the scene and confirmed the scene as a "one-pot" meth lab.

According to the report, after receiving a consent to search, authorities say they seized and safely collected items used to make meth, along with key ingredients used in making the drug.

Holben, Stockman, and Verry were arrested and transported to Troop 3, in Camden. The three men were charged with operating a clandestine laboratory and conspiracy second degree. Holben, Stockman, and Verry, were turned over to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on a $6,000 secured bond.

Officials say that Hickman Road was closed for approximately three hours until the scene was declared safe. According to DSP, no evacuations were ordered because there was no immediate hazard to nearby residents.

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