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Couple arrested for meth labs at trailer park

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A Dyersburg couple had to be decontaminated by the Dyersburg Fire Department after Dyer County Sheriff's deputies found several reported meth labs inside a trailer at Hick's Trailer Park.

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.

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45 times this shows since 1998 he has gotten off their is no way this scrum had the money to pay finds ..ect.our system is for scrum!

-- Posted by chief_ty20 on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 9:05 AM

45 arrests and people in Dyersburg wonder why the town is dying?!! Some people need to be put away forever and taken off the streets so they don't contaminate others!

-- Posted by arkansas on Mon, Jan 28, 2013, at 8:54 PM

Yea really! I agree! Why does law enforcement feel so proud of busting all these dopeheads only to let them right back out to do the same things over and over again??? They get no congratulations from me! I wonder if they think about all the small children and babies that are subjected to these drug filled environments and exposed to all these chemicals and abused and starved and neglected by these dopehead 'parents'. It just seems like there would be harsher penalties for repeat offenders and for 1st time drug heads cooking/selling this mess as well!!! Lock em up and throw away the key already!!! Its disgusting! If they keep getting out to cook this mess and distribute it to all the youth around here... they are gonna have hell to pay in the future cause dyer co will be out of control 4sure!!!

-- Posted by SoConcerned on Tue, Jan 29, 2013, at 2:22 PM

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