Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.
Millsboro– The Delaware State Police has arrested a suspect in connection with the manufacturing of methamphetamine (meth) in a residence.
On Monday, January 29, 2018, Troop 4 patrol units responded to the 30000 block of Millsboro Highway for a domestic related complaint. Upon arrival, contact was made with a resident who advised that she believed her son, 39-year-old Elijah L. Cantrell of Millsboro was manufacturing methamphetamine within the residence. Further investigation revealed that items believed to be consistent with manufacturing methamphetamine were located in a trash container in the garage. Members of the Sussex County Governor’s Task Force (GTF) and Sussex Drug Unit (SDU) responded to the scene and confirmed that a meth lab was present.
A hazmat response was coordinated with DNREC, Millsboro Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services. The residence was searched and numerous items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine and additional drug paraphernalia were located and disposed of by DNREC. No evacuations were ordered as it was determined that there was no immediate hazard to nearby residents.
Elijah Cantrell fled the residence prior to the arrival of the police. Cantrell was later located at an apartment in Salisbury, MD. He was taken into custody and extradited back to Delaware on Friday, February 2, 2018. He was charged with Operating a Clandestine Laboratory and two counts of Drug Paraphernalia. Cantrell was arraigned out of the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $15,000.00 secured bond.
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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe
Released: 020218 1510