William Oneal, 31, 2344 Unionville Road; Shellie Sipes, 35, 3300 McCullogh Chapel Road; Ashton Cherry, 19, 1116 Paula Drive, Newbern; Creed Dean, 34, 427 Miller St. and Charles Thurmond, 51, 427 Miller St. were all charged with initiate process to manufacture methamphetamine.
Officers responded to 427 Miller St. Apt. B around 11:09 p.m. in reference to individuals possibly carrying chemicals into a residence. After speaking with the individuals in the residence the officers began an investigation, which turned up an alleged active meth lab inside the duplex. In addition to the components to make meth, the police also seized some finished product, which they suspect to be meth.
The suspects were taken into custody and after the Tennessee Meth Task Force truck responded to the scene the department's meth-certified officers contained the evidence. Afterward, a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)-approved cleanup crew took possession of the hazardous materials for proper disposal and the property was quarantined.
"The environmental and health hazards associated with the manufacturing of this drug are of great concern as the cases are on a rise across the state," said Isbell. "The economical strain on the department is also a concern. We must utilize at least two meth-certified officers to enter a lab when one is discovered. Officers must remain on the scene for hours at a time keeping the scene secure, collecting evidence, and awaiting the arrival of the cleanup crew to dispose of the hazardous chemicals, which often results in utilizing overtime funds."
All five suspects are scheduled to appear in Dyersburg City Court on Monday, Jan. 10.