Mobile meth lab discovered at Harrington drugstore

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Special to The Journal/Debbie Jones

(UPDATED) HARRINGTON -A domestic dispute resulted in the discovery of a mobile meth lab operation Sunday night in the Harrington Rite Aid parking lot.

Police were called to the Holiday Inn located on South DuPont Highway at 3:10 p.m. on Sunday for a report of the dispute in progress. They were allegedly advised that a female and child in the parking lot were yelling for help while a male stood next to the vehicle unclothed.

Police were then advised that the vehicle, described as a maroon Chevrolet Silverado,  left the parking lot and began traveling northbound on South DuPont Highway.  Police searched the area and located the vehicle in the Rite Aid parking lot, also located on South DuPont Highway in Harrington.

Upon entering the Rite Aid, police say they located the adult female victim and Jefferey K. Korell, 36 of the 16000 Block of Jones Road in Henderson, MD.

Police began questioning the victim and Korell, noticing injuries to the victim’s face.  Police determined that Korell and the victim were involved in a physical altercation at the Holiday Inn and during the altercation Korell assaulted the victim. He was taken into custody.

Police conducted a vehicle search of Korell’s vehicle.  While searching the vehicle, police located a cooler in the back of the truck containing several items and ingredients that was consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamines.  Police immediately secured the area and requested the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control respond to the scene.  Little Creek Fire Company also responded to the scene to assist with the Kent County Hazmat Trailer.

All items were secured and the scene was declared safe.  Police then conducted a further vehicle search and located two large knives that were concealed in the vehicle, a small amount of marijuana, eight suboxone strips and drug paraphernalia.

Korell was transported to the Harrington Police Department for processing.  He was charged with possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity, operating or attempting to operate a clandestine laboratory, assault in the second degree, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of carrying a concealed deadly weapon.  After being processed Korell was arraigned via video phone at Justice of the Peace Court 7 and was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institute in default of $19,500 secured bond.


 

(ORIGINAL) HARRINGTON – The Harrington Police Department has confirmed the discovery of a mobile meth lab operation found near the Rite Aid located at 17069 S. Dupont Highway Sunday night.

Harrington police officers were assisted by Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Little Creek Fire Department during the investigation on the scene.

Information will be added it becomes available.

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