Dyer County Sheriff's Sgt. Heath Walker (foreground right) stands by as a Dyersburg Fire Department firefighter hoses down Ricky Webb (left) to remove any contaminants he may have encountered from the production of meth. Webb was allegedly cooking meth at his residence in which a 13-year-old juvenile lives. She was not there at the time of Webb's arrest, but had to be placed with children's services after the home was quarantined.
A Crime Stoppers tip led Dyer County Sheriff's deputies to a meth lab on Garland Street on Monday evening in which a Dyersburg man had to be decontaminated and his mobile home quarantined.
Ricky Webb, 39, 519 Garland St., Dyersburg, Tenn., was charged with initiating methamphetamine process.
Webb's arrest occurred after Dyer County Sheriff's Inv. Stoney Hughes received a Crime Stoppers tip that Webb was allegedly cooking meth at his trailer on Garland Street. Dyer County Sheriff's Sgt. Heath Walker went to the residence on Monday afternoon and noticed Webb in the backyard. Walker reportedly could smell a strong chemical odor outside the trailer. Walker spoke with Webb on his front porch and told him he had been provided with information about an alleged meth lab at that location. Webb stated he needed to wash his hands and retreated back into his house. Walker asked him to exit the residence and he complied. A 13-year-old juvenile reportedly lives at the residence, but was not there at the time.
Dyer County Sheriff's Dep. Tim Mullen was with Walker and he searched the property. He soon found the reported meth lab in Webb's backyard inside a Faygo soda bottle. The chemical reaction inside the bottle had caused it to swell and it was emitting noxious fumes that could be smelled at least 75 feet away. Dyer County Sheriff's Dep. Matthew Funderburk dismantled the lab and retrieved the highly flammable lithium strips from the bottle. The lithium strips and the bottle's contents were neutralized by spraying water on them, which caused them to ignite and burn.
Dyer County Sheriff's Dept. Tim Mullen neutralizes the unstable lithium strips of the meth lab by spraying water on them. Water causes the strips, which are part of the meth-making process, to burst into flames and burn out.
Webb was reportedly using this soda bottle to cook meth in. The bottle, which was found in the backyard, was emitting noxious fumes that could be smelled at least 75 feet away outside.
Webb was taken into custody and the Dyersburg Fire Department arrived at the scene and decontaminated him by spraying him with water. The juvenile was placed with the Dept. of Children's Services, pending placement with family members.
Webb is currently being held in the Dyer County Jail without bond until his appearance in Dyer County General Sessions Court on Thursday, Jan. 31. A meth-related case on Harris Street earlier on Monday was the 179th reported meth lab in the state of Tennessee this year. Within the span of approximately two hours, four more meth labs were reported in the state, making Webb's the 183rd meth lab.