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Man arrested after gun, meth lab found in motel room with child

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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Dyersburg Police quarantine stickers adorn the door to room 102 at the Budget Inn in Dyersburg. The room is quarantined until a Drug Enforcement Agency certified cleanup crew can decontaminate it after Dyersburg Police found an alleged meth lab inside on Monday. Barrett Long, 30, was arrested after officers found him and his 1-year-old child inside the room as he was reportedly cooking meth. The child was taken to Dyer Regional Medical Center due to the exposure of the dangerous chemicals associated with the active meth lab.
A Dyersburg man was taken into custody on Monday after police discovered an alleged meth lab and a 1-year-old child inside a motel room along Highway 51 Bypass.

The incident occurred on Monday, Jan. 21, at approximately 3:30 p.m., when Dyersburg Police responded to the Budget Inn, 800 Highway 51 Bypass, in reference to a suicidal man with a gun. Officers arrived and made contact with 30-year-old Barrett Long. Officers spoke with Long and discovered a suspected meth lab inside the room and his 1-year-old child. Long was taken into custody and officers seized a .22-caliber handgun and items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine. The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force was called to the scene to assist with the disposal of the hazardous chemicals from the active meth lab.

Long was charged with initiate manufacture of methamphetamine, armed in the commission of a dangerous felony, and aggravated child abuse. Long's child was transported to the Dyersburg Regional Medical Center due to the exposure of the dangerous chemicals associated with the active meth lab. The Department of Children Services was contacted and responded to the hospital. Officers quarantined the room pending the hotel owner having the room cleaned by a certified Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) cleaning crew. The child's current condition is not known at this time.

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"The production of methamphetamine continues to be a challenge for law enforcement, and unfortunately it often involves children being exposed to the many hazardous chemicals used to produce meth," said DPD Capt. Steve Isbell. "The child in this case was not only exposed to many dangers with the production of meth, but the living conditions were terrible. Our officers enter these dangerous situations with protective clothing and breathing apparatus, and are required to turn the materials over to the Meth Task Force for proper disposal. The properties are quarantined until properly cleaned, yet we are finding more situations where children are being exposed to these dangerous conditions."

Long appeared in Dyersburg City Court on Tuesday in front of Judge Dean Demon who issued him a bond of $50,000. Long remains in jail and is scheduled to appear in court again on Friday, Jan. 25.


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Another Child NOT protected by Haley's Law... Why was he not charged with this???

-- Posted by Elvin Patch on Wed, Jan 23, 2013, at 6:44 AM

He was. Aggravated child abuse.

-- Posted by Recipe on Wed, Jan 23, 2013, at 8:19 AM

need to be demoliced....!

-- Posted by chief_ty20 on Wed, Jan 23, 2013, at 9:04 AM

I know of one particular person that has been arrested twice for meth labs and you know what the courts have done with him-nothing. He has three sons that he gets to see everyother weekend. He doesn't pay a single dime of child support and he is not responsible but he is still let go. Why? Why? Why?

-- Posted by maintenancherry on Wed, Jan 23, 2013, at 10:17 AM

what in the world is going on in Dyersburg?

-- Posted by formerlyofdyersburg on Wed, Jan 23, 2013, at 11:28 AM

Hopefully this person won't get by like Britney Jones and Charles Russell did, my god DA and JUDGE send a message for crying out loud since you didn't with the previous couple!!

-- Posted by bsmit01 on Wed, Jan 23, 2013, at 11:55 AM

J. A. I. Just another idiot. Sad for the baby though mama prob trying to make a dollar to support this pos. and his habit wake up people and stop putting this poison in your bodies.

-- Posted by tdub on Wed, Jan 23, 2013, at 2:03 PM

That whole place has turned into the new courtland square apartments.

-- Posted by liveshere on Wed, Jan 23, 2013, at 3:13 PM

Hey RECIPE:

Keep up!!! There is a new law called Haley's Law...

It is Different, Haley's Law is a Class B Felony... 15 to 60 years...

-- Posted by Elvin Patch on Thu, Jan 24, 2013, at 6:49 AM

OK first of all me and Charles didn't get off on anything! I know it's real hard for some of you to comprehend that not everything you read or hear is true. He is currently serving ten years and this guy needs to be dealt with accordingly. So instead of slamming me and mines how bout you worry about the situation on hand

-- Posted by lilmonkey2010 on Thu, Jan 24, 2013, at 5:02 PM

Hey 'lilmonkey', why don't you take care of your kids and quit doing dope or having your children around dope and maybe ppl won't be talking about you and how horrible you are and what all you 'got away with'! Learn how to be a good MOTHER and not just a parent or turn your children over to someone who really can take care of them! There is no excuse for children being around any type of drug or even alcohol for tht matter and if your child/children have been around these things...its EVERYONE'S concern! Also, 'mine's' is NOT a word ok!

-- Posted by SoConcerned on Thu, Jan 24, 2013, at 11:49 PM

Well lilmonkey2010, kinda sounds like ya'll did pretty much walk. Yea granted Monkey is serving time in the pen, but that dont explain why u got off free and clear while he's serving time and u get to see ur kids grow up....Sounds like a pretty shi**y deal if ya ask me... And yes no one asked me anything but they didnt have too... It's a free country I can and will say whatever I want. Oh yea BTW if he was so worried bout u and ur kids he wouldn't have been out hunting up new ass to tap. He dont care bout anyone but himself and only himself, If he cared bout u and ur children he would have gotten what most ppl call a J.O.B. But like always he took the easy way out and broke the law.....Some ppl need to learn a good lifes leason...Maybe this opened ur eyes and u take great care of urself and kids

-- Posted by drkeyez on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 11:51 PM

Don't worry everyone "lilmonkey" may have got off scotch free but she lost custody of all those kids and before you ask I know the family. So "lilmonkey" sounds like its time to grow up and get an actual JOB and start paying for those kids that your so called love of your life helped you lose instead of sitting on the computer trying to defend a losing battle!!

-- Posted by justice4all13 on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 8:13 AM


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