Troopers: Two Taken Into Custody After Meth Lab Is Discovered

(L) Marvel (R) Hutchins / DSP

Hartly- The Delaware State Police have arrested two suspects in connection with the manufacturing of Methamphetamine (Meth), according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

Jaffe said the incident occurred on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at approximately 5:54 p.m. when Troopers responded to the 800 block of Yoder Drive in reference to subjects possibly cooking methamphetamines.

Upon arrival, 49-year-old Narven Marvel of Hartly and 38-year-old Douglas Hutchins Jr. of Dover were observed in the camper and taken into custody due to having active warrants, according to Jaffe.

Also present in the camper during this incident where Marvel’s three children, ages 7, 6, and 4. A search was subsequently conducted and Hutchins was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, said Jaffe. A further search of the camper and the yard outside yielded a total of 1.15 grams of methamphetamine and materials used in the manufacturing of meth, added Jaffe.

Members of the Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit (KDU) and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) arrived at the scene and confirmed the meth manufacturing lab was present on the property, according to jaffe. No evacuations were ordered as it was determined that there was no immediate hazard to nearby residents.

Marvel was transported to Troop 3 where he was charged with Operating a Clandestine Laboratory, Conspiracy Second Degree, and three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $7,000 secured bond.

Hutchins was transported to Troop 3 where he was charged with Operating a Clandestine Laboratory, Conspiracy Second Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $6,000.00 secured bond.

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