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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Clayton-area couple arrested on drug charges

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  • Delaware State Police troopers have arrested a Clayton-area couple after a methamphetamine lab was allegedly discovered in their home.
    The arrests took place April 16, said police spokesman Cpl. John Day, when members of the Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit and Governor's Task Force arrived at a residence in the unit block of Minnie Pratt Lane to investigate methamphetamine manufacturing.
    When they arrived, they found Dixie J. Cunningham, 45, in the driveway, Day said.
    Aware that Cunningham's boyfriend, Paul E. Winters, 39, was wanted on several outstanding warrants, troopers asked if Winters was in the home. Cunningham denied Winters was present, but a search found him hiding in a shower. Winters was taken into custody after a short struggle.
    A further search of the residence turned up an active one-pot methamphetamine lab, Day said, resulting in the evacuation of the residence.
    A crew from the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental control was called to the scene and safely contained the volatile hazardous chemicals.
    A juvenile found in the residence was turned over to a family member.
    Winters was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in default of $7,750 cash bail.
    Cunningham was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, endangering the welfare of a child, hindering prosecution, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on $8,250 unsecured bail.

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