Bradley Vestal, 32, 37 Pin Oak, Dyersburg, Tenn., and Laura Buhr, 24, 1063 Sir Lionel, Dyersburg, Tenn., are both charged with initiating methamphetamine manufacture and are being held on a $25,000 bond apiece.
On Sept. 28, Dyer County Sheriff's Dep. Chad Jackson received information about possible drug activity at 6829 Highway 78. Later that evening, Jackson, Sgt. Danny Petrie Jr., and Dep. Matthew Funderburk went to the residence to speak with the occupants. A strong chemical odor commonly associated with the production of methamphetamine was reportedly coming from the residence as the deputies approached. Jackson knocked on the door and could immediately hear someone running inside. Petrie went to the back and reportedly saw Vestal hand Buhr a clear plastic bottle, believed to be a meth lab, and tell her to do something with it.
The two were read their Miranda rights and Vestal refused to give consent for the deputies to search the house. Dyer County Chancellor Tony Childress granted Jackson a search warrant that evening and the deputies conducted a narcotics search. A total of 18 (shake) meth labs and 14 gas generators were found at the residence. Deputies also found prescription medicine in an unlabeled pill bottled on Vestal, as well as $1,085 in cash.
He could not prove where the money came from and it was seized. His 2002 Jeep Cherokee was also seized after it was determined he had transported chemicals in it used in the manufacturing process of meth.
Vestal and Buhr were both arrested and charged with initiating process of methamphetamine, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of Schedule VI controlled substance.
The residence was also quarantined due to the amount of evidence and alleged methamphetamine produced inside it. A state-certified cleanup crew must perform a cleanup of the property before it can be released from quarantine.