A search for a stolen pistol has resulted in the arrest of four people after Weakley County Sheriff’s deputies reportedly uncovered drugs and guns last week.
According to a press release issued by the department, officers executed a search warrant at 13345 Highway 190 between Latham and Palmersville in search of a Kimber .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol which was reportedly stolen recently.
While searching for the weapon at that location, WCSD deputies allegedly found components of a meth lab at the property. According to an affidavit, deputies found used tin foil strips, which field tested positive for methamphetamine as well as items used to manufacture methamphetamine in a lock shed on the property.
A loaded Marlin .22 caliber rifle and a well house cover reportedly stolen from a residence in the Garrett Lake area were also allegedly discovered at the property.
Deputies arrested residents 29-year-old Sean Nabors Mann and 31-year-old Amy Denise Dillard at the scene. Both are charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture, theft over $1,000 and possession of Schedule II.
According to the affidavit, Mann admitted to taking the .45 caliber pistol deputies were in search of and selling the weapon to another person.
A second search warrant executed the following day led to the discovery of the stolen weapon as well as more drugs and guns at 348 Harrison Road north of Palmersville. According to a release, when deputies arrived at the home, resident Gregory Dan Copeland, 47, came out of the garage wielding a .22 caliber revolver. Officers were conducting a search for Copeland’s wife, 51-year-old Wanda Jeanette Copeland, and apparently found methamphetamine on a tin foil containing a small amount of meth. After securing a search warrant for methamphetamine, deputies reportedly found peeled lithium batteries, camp fuel, a pill grinder, coffee filters, funnels, plastic tubing, baggies containing an off-white powder believed to be meth, several pipes, Red Devil lye and a small bag containing a green plant-like material believed to be marijuana.
According to the press release, deputies also took 23 firearms from the home. Officers did locate the stolen .45 pistol from Copeland’s home, according to the release. Both were charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture; possession of Schedule II and possession of Schedule VI.
Copeland was also charged with possession of stolen property.