James Yants, 33, 118 First St., Dyersburg, Tenn., and Melissa Lineberry, 42, 135 Highway 51 Bypass, Dyersburg, Tenn., are both charged with initiating methamphetamine manufacture and are being held in the Dyer County Jail.
Prior to their arrest, Dyer County Sheriff's Dep. Tim Mullen received information on Jan. 18 the occupants of the trailer on lot #7 at Hick's Trailer and RV Park (near Forrest Street and Hwy. 51 Bypass) were allegedly cooking meth. He and Cpl. Chris Chism, and Dep. Kenneth Goff arrived at the residence and were met with a strong chemical odor coming from the trailer. Chism knocked on the door repeatedly in an attempt to make contact with the people inside the trailer. Voices and the sound of people walking around could be heard coming from inside the trailer as Chism continued knocking. Based on the strong chemical odor and potential danger to surrounding homes and residents it was determined it was necessary for the deputies to breach the door.
Once inside, the deputies reported an overwhelming chemical smell and a fog. Yants and Lineberry were found inside and were evacuated form the house. Since the potential for an explosion was prevalent, the deputies performed a search of the home for any active meth labs. Chism located two active meth labs and Mullen found a bag of a leafy substance believed to be marijuana and a gas generator used in the production of meth. Other items used in the production of meth were also found.
Deputies notified the Dyersburg Fire Department so firefighters could come to the scene and decontaminate Yants and Lineberry.
After they were decontaminated from exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, Yants and Lineberry were transported to the Dyer County Jail where they were charged with initiating methamphetamine manufacture and simple possession of Schedule VI (marijuana). Yants, who subsequently has been processed through the Dyer County Jail 45 times since 1998, was given a $50,000 bond and Lineberry received a $10,000 bond. They are scheduled to appear in Dyer County General Sessions Court on Jan. 31.