Portable meth lab uncovered in central Delaware

Delaware State Troopers discovered a methamphetamine manufacturing operation contained in a shed in Felton.

Troopers arrested 44-year-old Robert Kibler on Sunday afternoon after he consented to let them search his home in the 100 block of Bayberry Lane. Troopers were initially looking for a suspect connected to an unrelated stolen cell phone complaint, who they later found hiding inside the home. 

After further investigation, troopers detected a strong odor of ammonia and chemicals coming from a shed on the property where they discovered not only equipment used to make meth, but also a marijuana plant.

DSP also located six bottles that were determined to be active “one pot” portable meth labs during a subsequent search of the shed, along with components and key ingredients in making the drug.

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Kibler was taken into custody without incident and charged with operating a clandestine lab, manufacturing methamphetamine, manufacturing marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $15,000 secured bond.

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