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.
"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.