Delaware State Police arrested a suspect at a residence on Lion Hope Road west of Kenton, north of Route 300.
Delaware State Police have arrested a Smyrna man for a meth lab operation at a residence west of Kenton.
On Oct. 3, officers from the Delaware State Police, Harrington Police Department, Capitol Police Department and the Office of Probation and Parole conducted a warrant roundup initiative in Kent County. During the initiative, information was received about a wanted suspect at a residence on Lion Hope Road west of Kenton, north of Route 300.
When officers went to the residence, the wanted suspect, David L. Moser, 55, of Smyrna, fled from officers on foot into a wooded area. Troopers searched the area and found Moser, who was taken into custody without further incident.
During the investigation, troopers learned about a meth lab operation and components in the manufacturing of a one-pot meth lab at another property on Lion Hope Road.
Members of the Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control arrived to assist with the investigation. Officers were able to confirm that the materials and components at the site were being used to manufacture meth, and they secured the residence. No evacuations were ordered because they determined there was no immediate hazard to nearby residents.
Consent to search the second property on Lion Hope Road was received, police said. During the search, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was discovered. At the first property on Lion Hope Road from which Moser fled, officers found three handguns, ammunition, over 12 grams of meth and several components used to make methamphetamine.
Moser was taken to Troop 3 near Camden where he was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in a tier-two quantity, three counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of ammunition by a person prohibited, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, operation of a clandestine lab (meth lab) and resisting arrest, police said.
He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover and was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $48,500 secured bond while awaiting another court appearance.