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5 suspects arrested after meth lab found in duplex

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Dyersburg Police arrested five suspects at a duplex on Miller Street in Dyersburg on Sunday evening after finding a working meth lab inside.

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.

Dyersburg Police Department Capt. Steve Isbell said they have experienced a dramatic increase in meth-related cases in Dyersburg in 2010 with 24 cases investigated.

"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."

As of Thursday evening, Cherry, Thurmond and Dean had each been released from the Dyer County Jail on a $2,500 bond. Sipes was still in custody on a $2,500 bond and Oneal has a bond of $25,000.

All five suspects are scheduled to appear in Dyersburg City Court on Monday, Jan. 10.

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-- Posted by TnWanderer on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 4:06 PM

CitizenTn, you are a coward and a pharasee. You place heavy burdens on the backs of others without lifting a finger to help them. You are ashamed that you know him because you are worried about your own neck, your own reputation. You come into this public place to shame the sins of others for your own glory. Why didn't you use your real name here if you're not what I say you are? Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

True friends, real family would not be horrified and ashamed but heartbroken and angry, and we are. If you really know Creed, then you know who I am and where to find me. Lets take this outside, shall we?

Quad Dean

Brighton, TN

-- Posted by mybrotherskeeper on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 8:28 AM

Quad, you probably don't remember me but I met you many years ago at the house your family had that was close to the river. I have been close friends with Creed for many years and I am so heartbroken to hear about this. NO ONE has the right to judge Creed until they have walked in his shoes. I just talked to him a couple weeks ago and I am hear to say that I love Creed and I wish strength for Creed and your family in this trying time.

Lisa Staples-Jones

-- Posted by lisasj on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 12:17 PM

I'm sorry that this isn't related to the topic, but I was wondering if Quad Dean is from Tennemo? If it is the same one, then his Father was the "witness" at my wedding!!! Small world, uh?

I don't know Creed, but I have been there, and done that. Just because he makes mistakes, don't in any way, make him a bad person. It only makes him Human. It has nothing to do with his family, but instead, the choices he makes, and God knows, we have ALL made bad choices. God bless him and his family.

-- Posted by Lil' Arkansas on Tue, Jan 11, 2011, at 7:47 AM

Thanks to you both. You both are very kind. Yes, that would be me. Aren't too many "Quad's " in this world, thank goodness, but at least 2 from Dyer County that I know of. It is a small world, indeed.

-- Posted by mybrotherskeeper on Tue, Jan 11, 2011, at 11:36 AM

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