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An assistant football coach at South Side High School was among five people arrested Wednesday night after agents of the West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force served a search warrant at his home in Medina, according to a news release.

Wesley Adam Hayes, 30, is the offensive coordinator at South Side and the son of head coach Jerry Hayes, who had no comment on his son’s arrest on Thursday.

Along with Hayes, Michelle Leigh Dean, 28, Matthew Hunt McNeal, 30, and Daniel Shane Arrington, 40, all of Jackson, were also arrested along with Eugene Lee Mestan, 31, of Nashville.

All five are charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacture of methamphetamine, initiation of a process intended to produce methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hayes is also charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing. The release said agents recovered evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing and drug paraphernalia at the residence.

Jackson-Madison County Schools Superintendent Buddy White said Hayes has been suspended without pay until the matter is resolved.

“We’re going to let the judicial process run its course and then see what we need to do at that point,” White said. “Until then, he’s suspended without pay.”

The West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force worked with assistance from the Jackson-Madison County Narcotics Unit and the Medina Police Department when they executed a search warrant Wednesday at Hayes’ residence on Juno Cove in Medina.

An agent for the drug task force had been investigating activity at the address for several weeks, according to the news release.

All five will be scheduled for arraignment before Judge Mark Agee of Gibson County General Sessions Court in Humboldt.



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