Meth lab suspect arrested after extradition

MILLSBORO – Delaware State Police Friday announced the arrest of a Millsboro man suspected of operating a meth lab from a family residence.

Elijah L. Cantrell

Authorities located Elijah L. Cantrell at an apartment in Salisbury. He was taken into custody and extradited back to Delaware on Feb. 2.  Cantrell 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 secured bond, state police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Troop 4 patrol units on Monday, Jan. 29 responded to a domestic complaint in the 30000 block of Millsboro Highway.

Upon arrival, troopers were informed by a resident that she believed her son, Elijah Cantrell, was manufacturing methamphetamine within the residence.

Investigation revealed items believed to be consistent with manufacturing methamphetamine were found in a trash container in the garage.

Members of the Sussex County Governor’s Task Force (GTF) and Sussex Drug Unit (SDU) responded and confirmed the presence of a meth lab.

Hazmat response was coordinated with DNREC, Millsboro Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services. A search of the residence revealed numerous items consistent with manufacturing methamphetamine and additional drug paraphernalia. Those items were disposed of by DNREC, Cpl. Jaffe said.

Evacuations were not ordered as authorities determined there was no immediate hazard to nearby residents, Cpl. Jaffe said.

Cantrell fled the residence prior to the arrival of the police.

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