Shane Vaughn, 40, 2466 St. John Ave., Dyersburg, Tenn., and Dena Clark, 37, 320 Victory St., Dyersburg, Tenn., are charged with initiating methamphetamine manufacture and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.
According to Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box, deputies received information about alleged methamphetamine activity taking place at Vaughn's residence on St. John Avenue in Dyersburg. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, deputies went to the residence to execute a narcotics search warrant. Upon entering the residence, deputies were met at the front door by a white male and Clark was sitting on a couch in front of the front door. Vaughn had reportedly left the residence to go to a fast-food restaurant, but was found by deputies and returned to the house.
After Vaughn returned to his residence, deputies began their search and discovered a meth lab in the attic. Inside the residence were numerous items commonly used in the manufacturing of the drug. Also, deputies found a gas generator outside the residence, which is also used during the meth-production process.
The couch where Clark was sitting was moved and several coffee filters were found containing a white substance. Deputies tested the substance and it tested positive for methamphetamine. Vaughn and Clark were taken into custody and charged with initiating methamphetamine manufacture and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. The two were taken to the Dyer County Jail where they were decontaminated and booked in. The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force arrived at the scene and took possession of the components of the meth lab and the other ingredients.
After their court appearance, Vaughn was issued a $10,000 bond and Clark was issued a $20,000 bond. Vaughn was able to make his bond, but Clark remains in custody. Box stated Vaughn was arrested the previous week on a DUI charge. Clark has had numerous charges in the past and has been booked into the Dyer County Jail over 20 times on charges such as: possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, forgery, and vandalism.
Box stated arrests such as Vaughn's and Clark's are necessary in reducing crime in the community.
"These locations where people are cooking meth are also known to draw other types of criminal activity," said Box. "These arrests send a message we don't want this drug here and we will we not tolerate the illegal activities associated with it."