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Mar 20, 2016 12:45 PM

Court documents say Danville man admitted to trying to make meth, couldn't get it right


DANVILLE - A Danville man arrested last month after police found evidence of explosives and methamphetamines in a garden shed allegedly told police he was trying to make meth but couldn't get it right.

According to the Union Leader, 32-year-old Mathew Starble spoke to police after they were called to his home in the Cotton Farm mobile home park to investigate allegations that he was operating a methamphetamine lab in his backyard.

READ: Court documents say Danville man admitted to trying to make meth, couldn't get it right

He was later charged with possessing two chemical reaction bombs and possessing drug paraphernalia with residues common to the manufacture of methamphetamines.

During a search of the shed on Feb. 22, investigators had found a small laboratory set up on a work bench, according to an affidavit.

“There were small plastic containers filled with different chemical powders and liquids in the shed along with breathing apparatus and face shields,” the affidavit said.

His mother, when questioned, said he had a chemistry set in the shed and had been receiving packages in the mail.

When asked if she had ever seen him detonate an explosive device, his mother allegedly stated that her son had made some “stuff” last summer and “blew it off for everyone.”

Further investigation of the shed by a member of the State Police Explosives Unit revealed plastic containers labeled with chemical names consistent with the manufacturing of explosive materials, the affidavit said.

Starble remains held at the Rockingham County jail on $50,000 cash bail.


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