Two Meth Labs Uncovered by State Police Detectives

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Michael A. Ratledge, 46, was taken into custody without incident and transported back to Troop 3. He was arrested for Manufacture with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), two counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Staff Report

On Sunday September 2, at approximately 1:35 p.m., the Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit arrested Michael A. Ratledge, 46, for Manufacture with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), two counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. According to police, troopers responded to the 100 block of Lewis Pond Lane for an unrelated matter when they were informed of a possible Methamphetamine (Meth) lab in a shed located on the property. Police state that detectives from the Kent County Drug Unit and officers from DNREC were contacted and a search warrant was obtained for the shed and the residence.

According to the police report, the search of the shed revealed several Gatorade bottles with component mixtures of the manufacturing stages of Meth along with key ingredients in making the drug and detectives also located two rifles and other drug paraphernalia while searching the residence. Michael A. Ratledge, 46, was taken into custody without incident and transported back to Troop 3. He was arrested for Manufacture with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), two counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was arraigned at JP3 and released after posting $15,500.00 secured bond.

In an unrelated incident, the Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit and Milford Police Department have concluded a several month investigation into the manufacturing and delivery of Methamphetamine (Meth) in the Houston area.

According to police, members of the Kent and Sussex County Drug Units along with officers from Milford Police D., DNREC, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and Little Creek Fire Department responded to the 3000 block of Deep Grass Lane in order to execute a search warrant at the residence. Police state that members of the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team (S.O.R.T.) were able to take Dennis R. Edge, 40 into custody without incident and found him to be in possession of approximately 4 grams of Meth.

The police report states that upon conducting the search of the house, detectives located a two liter bottle and a milk jug with component mixtures of the manufacturing stages of Meth along with key ingredients in making the drug.  Police state that detectives also located and additional .3 grams of Meth, two rifles and other drug paraphernalia while searching the residence.  Edge was transported to Milford Police Department where he was charged with the above listed crimes as well as charges by Milford Police Department.

At the time of this release, no bond information was available on Dennis Edge.  Deep Grass Lane between Thistlewood Road and Williamsville Road was closed for approximately three hours as the Meth lab was safely dismantled and removed from the residence.