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Convicted felon arrested on meth and gun charges

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Dyer County Sheriff's deputies arrested a convicted felon last week on meth and gun charges after finding the drug and a sawed-off shotgun.

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.

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WTH is that?...Can u imagine running up on that at night.Freddy Krueger is handsome compared to that... Meth and a saw off shotgun What a combination.. .Just a matter of time b4 we be addressing this dude again....Hate to be his neighbosr... Now lets see if all the hyps of Dyer Co. wanna hang him.

-- Posted by DMASE on Tue, Oct 9, 2012, at 11:17 AM

I have known Jesse Wells since since he was in Kindergarden.He was a good and kind little boy. He has family. He has children. He would not hurt anyone. Meth is a scourge across our land.It touches all of us.I hope he is put in a place that will help him get his life back.

-- Posted by bill russ on Tue, Oct 9, 2012, at 4:12 PM

That Wells bunch has been drug heads for years. Not sure why he was given bond, though. Do we need to wait until he kills someone before we decide he needs to be off the streets for good?

-- Posted by hotpocket1971 on Tue, Oct 9, 2012, at 6:11 PM

Hey DMASE and hotpocket1971- Do you know Jesse? Or are you just talking out your a**. If you know Jesse you know that he is a NICE guy, a Good father and NOT out to Harm anyone. Stick to making comments about people you know. Each of us have made mistakes in our lives, just because someone makes a bad decision does not make them a bad person. I agree with you bill russ- I hope he gets help and can have a good and happy life because he does deserve a break.

-- Posted by eap on Wed, Oct 10, 2012, at 1:40 PM

Let's see... Convicted felon, right? Seems like he has already had another chance and blew it.

-- Posted by hotpocket1971 on Wed, Oct 10, 2012, at 7:53 PM

OK.... sawed off shotgun = illegal...initiating meth = illegal... and convicted felon.......sounds like a good dad and a nice guy to me....Why don't u get him help... When his kids are screwed up by this crap, u will still be saying give him another chance... are u doing meth with him Or r u just talking out of ur A**...?

-- Posted by DMASE on Wed, Oct 10, 2012, at 11:47 PM

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