Trespass investigation leads to make-shift meth lab, arrest of Millsboro man

MILLSBORO – A trespass investigation led to the arrest of a Millsboro man on drug and other charges after Millsboro police found a make-shift lab to manufacture methamphetamine on town-maintained property.

Steven P. Coffey, 33, was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on secured bond pending future court proceedings, Millsboro Police Chief John Murphy said.

Steven P. Coffey, 33, was arrested by Millsboro police on drug and other charges.

Steven P. Coffey, 33, was arrested by Millsboro police on drug and other charges.


Police initially charged Mr. Coffey with criminal trespass, manufacturing a controlled substance.

In a separate warrant, Mr. Coffey was charged with unlawfully attempting to operate a clandestine laboratory.

At about 2:45 p.m. on May 1, town maintenance department personnel reported to police that several subjects were trespassing on property maintained by the town.

Millsboro officers determined that the suspects were actually operating a make-shift lab to manufacture methamphetamine.

Officers contacted DNREC and the Millsboro Volunteer Fire Company and the lab was safely dismantled, Chief Murphy said.

Through investigation officers developed Mr. Coffey as a suspect. The next morning a warrant was obtained for Mr. Coffey.

Later that day Mr. Coffey was observed walking along U.S. 113 and was placed under arrest. Mr. Coffey was taken to the Millsboro Police Department where a backpack he was carrying was searched and it was determined that materials in his possession were to operate a clandestine laboratory, again to produce methamphetamine, Chief Murphy said.

Additional charges were filed in a separate warrant.

DNREC and the Millsboro Volunteer Fire Company again safely took possession of the materials that Mr. Coffey had in his possession.

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