The suspect has been identified as Richard H. Janvier III, of Middletown
Delaware State Police have arrested a Middletown man after learning he was driving with a potentially explosive “one pot” meth lab in his truck.
The case began at about 1:22 a.m. Sunday, July 30, in the 4500 block of South Dupont Highway, Dover, division spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.
A trooper made a traffic stop after spotting a bronze-colored truck make an illegal lane change, Jaffe said. The trooper questioned the driver, identified as 28-year-old Richard H. Janvier III of Middletown and learned he was driving on a suspended license and the truck was not insured.
A search of the vehicle turned up drug supplies and 0.95 grams of methamphetamine as well as a suspected meth bottle, Jaffe said.
The Kent County Drug Unit and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control specialists were called in to deal with a potentially hazardous situation as developing methamphetamine in this manner involves the use of chemicals that can explode under certain circumstances.
Due to the combustible nature of the materials used in meth manufacturing, the northbound lane of Route 13 was shut down for about 90 minutes as the meth lab was made safe.
Janvier is charged with possession of a controlled substance, unlawfully and knowingly operating or attempting to operate a clandestine laboratory and several traffic violations.
After arraignment in Justice of the Peace Court 7, he was released from custody upon posting a $3,500 secured bond.