A Felton man, identified as Robert B. McCullough, 35, has been arrested by Delaware State Police after a burglary investigation led to a methamphetamine operation in his home.

McCullough was charged with third-degree burglary, operating a clandestine lab, manufacturing methamphetamine, theft of property valued under $1,500.00, possession of heroin, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, said division spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.

The investigation started Aug. 22 when a Harrington-area man reported a burglary to troopers at Troop 3; the man said he’d heard noises in his garage at 5:45 a.m. that day; as he looked out the window he spotted McCullough, who is his brother-in-law, walking away with a gas can and tool box.

The victim said he tried to get hold of McCullough throughout the day, but was not successful.

Troopers contacted McCullough at his home in the 2000 block of Burnite Mill Road, and discovered he was in possession of a bag of heroin. A search of the home turned up equipment and chemical components, as well as key ingredients for making methamphetamine, Fournier said.

Detectives from the Kent County Drug Unit were contacted along with DNREC officials to help with dismantling of the portable lab as well as cleanup to dispose of the waste. No evacuations were ordered as it was determined that there was no immediate hazard to nearby residents.

McCullough was jailed at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, after failing to obtain an $18,000 secured bond.