Anne Arundel County police officers raided what they termed a "fully functioning" methamphetamine lab in a Millersville trailer yesterday and arrested a 43-year-old man in a nearby residence. Police believe the lab was linked to a Severna Park meth lab that authorities dismantled in August.
Michael Don Beil of the 1000 block of Dicus Mill Road was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth with the intent to distribute, and possession of meth, police said. Beil was being processed at the county's Western District yesterday afternoon.
A woman at his residence was taken to a local hospital, police said. She was not injured during the raid, police said.
The lab is the third to be discovered in Anne Arundel County since August and the seventh to be raided in the state this year.
During the 7 a.m. raid, a county officer who entered Beil's one-story house with the SWAT team shot and killed a Rottweiler, police said. In a news release, police said the dog was "allegedly trained as a guard dog" and that the animal charged toward officers before it was shot.
Meanwhile, a team of county police and Drug Enforcement Administration officers wearing protective suits and self-contained breathing systems entered a dilapidated trailer nearby and found about $7,000 worth of meth, pseudoephedrine tablets, a scale and a jar of urine, said Detective Tim White, the lead investigator for yesterday's bust. Often, meth cooks will extract the drug from urine and reuse it, he said.
White said that Beil, a truck driver, apparently learned to "cook" meth from Brian Kauffman, who was arrested in connection with the Severna Park lab.
Police first noticed Beil while they were staking out the Severna Park lab over the summer, White said. Authorities later recognized him while they were investigating a tip from a Millersville grocer that a woman living with Beil was frequently buying materials commonly used to manufacture meth.
Late yesterday morning, White said, authorities were clearing hazardous chemicals out of the lab, which is in a rural area about a mile from county police headquarters. Several buildings stand on the wooded property, including a barn and the white house with a trampoline and children's toys in the back where Beil lives.
Betty Drury, who owns the property, said she'd rented the house to Beil about a year ago and had been trying to evict him because she wanted to move back in. She complained that the house, which she built with her husband in 1963, was being poorly cared for and had too many people living in it. In addition to the two adults, she estimated that five children were living in the house. Police could not confirm the number or ages of the children living at the house.
Drury added that she had no idea that meth was being manufactured on her property, and police said they are not investigating her for any wrongdoing.
Nevertheless, Drury and other family members who gathered near the house after the raid worried about how the bust and negative publicity associated with it would affect Millersville Stables, a horseback riding business also on the property. There are at least two riding rings on the land -- one only feet away from the trailer where the lab was found.