Danna Richards, 19, 101 East Market St. Apt. 2, was charged with initiating methamphetamine manufacture and booked into the Dyer County Jail.
Around 12:15 a.m. on Saturday, Dyer County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Chism received information people were cooking meth at Richards' residence. He and Dep. Kenneth Goff went to the residence and could smell an odor commonly associated with the production of meth from outside the apartment. After a long while and continuous knocking, Richards finally came to the door. The deputies were reportedly met with the smell of a meth lab and burnt marijuana. Richards gave consent to search her home and inside was a 23-year-old black male. Dep. Tim Mullen was on the scene and he assisted in the search where he found an alleged marijuana cigarette in the toilet. While in the bathroom, Chism also noticed a ceiling tile had been moved and asked Mullen to move it. In the ceiling the officers found an alleged meth lab that appeared to be finished with its production of the drug. The deputies also found numerous items inside the apartment that were associated with the production of meth, including cold compresses, drain cleaner, and pseudoephedrine boxes.
Richards reportedly told Chism she had not been the one to manufacture meth, but it was another white male who she knew. She stated the person had asked her if he could use the apartment to cook meth, which she agreed to but she would not let him finish it there. She also added the black male in the apartment had nothing to do with the meth lab. The black male stated the marijuana cigarette the deputies found was his and he was cited and released for simple possession.
Goff took the meth lab outside and neutralized it while the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force came and collected the hazardous components to be disposed of.
Richards was booked into the Dyer County Jail for initiating methamphetamine manufacture and remains there on a $10,000 bond.