Wanted subjects busted for meth lab operation

SEAFORD – Delaware State police on April 21 arrested two wanted subjects for a meth lab operation at a residence in Seaford.

Zachary C. Hufnell

Mary B. Fleetwood

Mary B. Fleetwood, 36, and Zachary C. Hufnell, 29, both of Seaford, face charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacturing a controlled substance, unlawfully operating a clandestine laboratory and conspiracy 2nd degree.

State police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin said troopers received information that two wanted suspects were occupying a residence in the 6000 block of Owls Nest Road, Seaford.

Upon arrival Troopers made contact with Fleetwood and Hufnell, who were both confirmed to have active court capiases.

Upon taking the pair into custody, troopers observed in plain view materials commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine. Troopers secured the residence due to the hazardous and combustible nature of the process.

The Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control assisted with the investigation.  A subsequent search of both the interior and exterior of the property confirmed that a methamphetamine manufacturing lab was present on the property, Cpl. Austin said.

Components used to manufacture methamphetamine, along with key ingredients in making the drug were safely collected and seized, along with .021 grams of heroin and 1.03 grams of methamphetamine.

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

Hufnell and Fleetwood were transported to Delaware State Police Troop 4 where they were arrested and charged.

Both subjects were arraigned with bail set at $74,000. Hufnell was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution. Fleetwood was committed to the Dolores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution.

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