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Sussex Countian
  • Seaford couple arrested in meth lab bust

  • A Seaford-area couple was arrested Wednesday after state police found them manufacturing methamphetamine in the same mobile home where they lived with their one-year-old child.
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  • A Seaford-area couple was arrested Wednesday after state police found them manufacturing methamphetamine in the same mobile home where they lived with their one-year-old child.
    Police concluded a months-long investigation into the couple with a late afternoon raid on their home in the 26000 block of Walker Road in the Up Country manufactured housing community southeast of Seaford.
    Robert A. Donavan, 24, and Nichole M. Messisk, 21, were each found to be in possession of small amounts of meth, police said.
    Officers also located component mixtures of meth in the manufacturing stages, as well as key ingredients used to make the drug, a state police spokesman said.
    A switchblade knife, ammunition and other drug paraphernalia also were seized in the raid, police said.
    Donavan and Messick are each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, endangering the welfare of a child, conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia. Donovan also is facing charges of possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony and possession of ammunition by a person prohibited.
    Donavan is being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution on a $75,500 secured bond, while Messick is being held at the Women’s Correctional Institution on a $15,500 secured bond.
    The couple’s 1-year-old son was temporarily turned over to the custody of a neighbor, until relatives could arrive, police said.
    The state division of family services also was notified of the child’s presence.

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