Jesse Wells, 41, 1224 Phillips St., Dyersburg, Tenn., was charged with initiating methamphetamine manufacture, possession of Schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful possession of a weapon.
On Sept. 28, Sheriff's Sgt. Danny Petrie Jr. arrived at Wells' residence on Phillips Street to speak with him about an earlier incident. As Petrie pulled into the residence he reportedly noticed Wells, who was standing outside, reach into his pants' pocket and hide something in his hand. As Petrie advised Wells to walk toward him, Wells backed up and appeared to place the object inside a truck.
Petrie was able to then search Wells and found a broken ink pen with white residue inside it and tin foil in his wallet. Wells was placed in handcuffs and gave consent for Petrie to search his vehicle. Inside the truck, Petrie reportedly found three other broken ink pens with white residue in them and a bag described by Wells to be an ounce of meth. Dep. Chad Jackson soon arrived on the scene and he and Petrie found more items associated with methamphetamine manufacture inside the shop area. Further questioning of Wells also revealed he had a shotgun with the barrel cut down and the stock sawed off. Wells has a previous felony conviction and is not allowed to possess firearms as a condition of being a convicted felon. Deputies found the weapon, which Wells said he purchased for $30 from an individual in Troy, Tenn.
Wells was taken into custody and while Jackson and Inv. Stoney Hughes performed a cleanup of the residence. Wells appeared in Dyer County General Sessions Court where Judge Jason Hudson set his bond at $50,000. Wells' next court date is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 11.