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2 arrested after 18 meth labs found at residence

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A total of 18 alleged meth labs were found at a residence in the 6000 block of Highway 78 after Dyer County Sheriff's deputies performed a search of the premises. The find is said to be one of the largest of its kind in the county in recent history. Two suspects, Bradley Vestal and Laura Buhr, were arrested after deputies received a search warrant and were able to search the premises.
A man and woman are being held in the Dyer County Jail after Dyer County Sheriff's deputies discover 18 meth labs inside a residence on Highway 78.

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.

Vestal eventually opened the garage door and deputies could again smell a strong chemical odor. Vestal told deputies there was one more person inside the residence. Petrie and Jackson entered the house and saw numerous items associated with the production of meth. Burh had reportedly locked herself inside the bathroom and Petri had to breach the door in order to remove her from the house for safety purposes.

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.

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It's spreading all over Dyer Co... Not just in the old neighborhoods... look likes its headed to the farms.... need to start a mandatory meth class in school and it needs to be for 4 years like english.....

-- Posted by DMASE on Wed, Oct 10, 2012, at 10:26 AM

LOck 'em up and throw away the key!

-- Posted by Danillo57 on Wed, Oct 10, 2012, at 1:57 PM

What about Hang em?...... gonna have to lock up 3/4 the town and quarantine the rest... I think i will do a new reality show called Night of the living dead and just film Dyer Co...

-- Posted by DMASE on Wed, Oct 10, 2012, at 5:02 PM

Typical garbage.

-- Posted by Chrisbivens on Wed, Oct 10, 2012, at 5:08 PM

Check out the dude's eyes, looks like he hasn't slept in a week. The girl has obviously picked sores all over her gave. That's the way these meth-heads do, pick at themselves till they open up sores. I can't imagine what makes people want to do this stuff.

-- Posted by A Touch of Reality on Thu, Oct 11, 2012, at 5:09 AM

All good postings. The only one with suggesting they take 4 year classes in school I disagree on. Look how much sex education has been taught in school and I don't see where that did one bit of good. Wish that idea would work.

-- Posted by Gerty on Thu, Oct 11, 2012, at 6:47 PM

How does sex education comes into a post about meth...... Add that to the one u disagree on...

-- Posted by DMASE on Fri, Oct 12, 2012, at 12:43 AM

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