A Felton man, identified as Robert B. Kibler, 44, was arrested Sunday after police discovered a laboratory for manufacturing methamphetamine at his home.
Police were called to the 100 block of Bayberry Lane at about 2:38 p.m. Aug. 17 to investigate an unrelated cell phone theft complaint and possibly find a suspect, said division spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack.
Kibler allowed troopers to search the home, and the eventually located the suspect; however during the search troopers noted the odor of ammonia and chemicals inside a shed, indicating a possible meth lab, Shavack said. The officers also found a marijuana plan inside the shed, he added.
A search of the shed turned up six bottles, active “one pot” portable meth labs, along with components and key ingredients in making the drug. DNREC officials and specialized local volunteer firemen helped troopers dismantle the lab and dispose of the waste.
The area was not evacuated because it was no immediate threat or hazards to nearby residents, although Bayberry Road was closed for about two hours as the case was investigated and cleared, Shavack said.
Kibler was charged with operating a clandestine lab, manufacturing methamphetamine, manufacturing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in default of $15,000 secured bond.
Information on the status of the suspect in the cell p hone case is being withheld pending completion of the investigation, Shavack said.