Meth probe culminates in three arrests

MILLSBORO – Delaware State Police Wednesday arrested three Millsboro residents, culminating an investigation of methamphetamine manufacturing at residence on Hickory Lane.

At about 9 a.m. Feb. 4, the Sussex County Drug Task Force with the assistance of the Kent County Drug Task Force, Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team, DNREC and Millsboro Fire Department responded to 29200 Hickman Lane to conduct a search warrant.

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Upon arrival at the house, Erica A. Wildes, 37, John E. Jones III, 52, and Adam J. Prettyman, 27, were all taken into custody without incident, state police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

During the search, detectives located equipment and component mixtures of the manufacturing stages of Meth along with key ingredients in making the drug, 0.1 gram of methamphetamine, 0.7 grams of cocaine, and 2.0 grams of marijuana.

Also located in the residence were a loaded .40 caliber handgun and a 12 gauge shotgun along with various rounds of ammunition, Cpl. Fournier said.

No evacuations were ordered as it was determined that there was no immediate hazard to nearby residents.

All three subjects were transported to Troop 4 in Georgetown where they were charged.

Erica Wildes was charged with operating a clandestine laboratory, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (meth), possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, conspiracy second degree, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was committed to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $85,000 secured bond.

John E. Jones III was charged with operating a clandestine laboratory, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (meth), possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, conspiracy second degree, possession of marijuana and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $75,000 secured bond.

Police charged Adam Prettyman with operating a clandestine laboratory, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (meth), conspiracy second degree, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $25,000 secured bond.

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