Two people arrested for making meth inside home where infant lives

William Drown (left) and Tara Kerley (right) / Courtesy of Shelby County Jail
William Drown (left) and Tara Kerley (right) / Courtesy of Shelby County Jail

(WMC-TV) – Two people are under arrest after being caught making meth inside the home where an 8-month-old baby lives. One of the meth cookers said he was making it in order to pay the rent.

A narcotics search warrant was served at a home on Lyndale Avenue in Memphis.

During the course of the investigation, a detective saw William Drown come and go from the home on three separate occasions.

When officers knocked on the door of the residence, nobody answered, forcing them to knock down the door.

Police found William Drown and Tara Kerley inside a bedroom. Also inside the home, officers found materials used to make methamphetamine.

Bottles containing fuel, lithium metal, ammonium nitrate were located, as well as ephedrine, lithium batteries, and a mixture of salt and sulfuric acid.

Detectives did a search on Kerley and Drown's names in the Tennessee Methamphetamine Intelligence System database. They found Kerley purchased pseudoephedrine on 15 separate occasions. The purchasing of the drug is monitored in order to detect whether people are buying it to be used for legal reasons.

In a police affidavit, it says Drown told police that "he only recently started cooking meth again and he was hoping to earn rent money."

He is on probation from the state of Arkansas for meth-related crimes.

Neighbors say the previous tenants moved out in May. Police say right now, five people live in the home, including an 8-month-old baby.

"I have never seen them, not even walking down the street," neighbor Nicole Banks said about the two people who were arrested. "That's how I know they hadn't been there but about a week."

Banks said there are a lot of kids who live in the neighborhood. She worries what the kids could have been exposed to.

"My grand baby, my niece, her. It ain't nothing but kids on this street," said Banks.

The two other residents and the baby were not home at the time of the drug raid.

Kerley and Drown are due in court Wednesday morning.

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