Two Millsboro-area residents arrested in meth-lab bust


The Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit this week arrested two people after Probation & Parole officers located precursors for the manufacturing of methamphetamine (meth) at a residence on Hickman Lane near Millsboro.

Police reported that, on Thursday, Jan. 21, about 4 p.m., members of the Georgetown Probation & Parole office went to the 29000 block of Hickman Lane in order to conduct an administrative probation check on John E. Jones, 53, who was already on Level 3 probation stemming from a 2015 drug conviction.

As probation officers were conducting a search of the residence, police said, they located various rounds of ammunition, as well as suspected equipment and component mixtures of the manufacturing stages of meth, along with key ingredients in making the drug. Jones, along with his girlfriend, Erica A. Wildes, 38, of the Hickman Lane address, were immediately taken into custody and the residence was evacuated.

Detectives assigned to the Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit, with the assistance of DNREC, responded to the home to assume the investigation and a consent search was obtained in response to the ongoing investigation into the manufacturing of meth at the house.

Both Jones and Wildes were transported to Troop 4 in Georgetown, where Jones was charged with Operating a Clandestine Laboratory, two counts of Possession of Ammunition by a Person Prohibited, Possession with Intent to Deliver a Counterfeit Controlled Substance (Meth), Conspiracy 2nd , three counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Methamphetamine.

Wildes was charged with Operating a Clandestine Laboratory, Possession with Intent to Deliver a Counterfeit Controlled Substance (Meth), Conspiracy 2nd , three counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Methamphetamine.

After being arraigned, they were turned over to the Delaware Department of Corrections in lieu of $59,000 secured bond for Jones and $39,000 secured bond for Wildes.

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