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South Side Teacher Arrested on Meth Charges

By Emily Cassulo
By ecassulo@wbbjtv.com

MEDINA, Tenn. - Five people have been arrested in a meth bust - one of them a teacher and coach at South Side High School in Jackson.

On Wednesday night, Drug Task Force agents in Gibson County arrested the group, who were living in the teacher's home, which sits very close to Medina Middle School.

Residents in this family friendly neighborhood said those arrested were not your average neighbors.

"But these people, you know, we know they weren't a family and there was lots of traffic coming in and out and you'd see individuals outside, so it's not the typical family in our neighborhood," said neighbor Christina Youmans.

They are talking about Wesley Adam Hayes, 30. West Tennessee Drug Task Force agents arrested him and four others Wednesday night at his Medina home on Juno Cove.

Hayes, Michelle Dean, Matthew McNeal, Eugene Mestan and Daniel Arrington were all charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, along with three other drug charges.

"We would rather not have that in our neighborhood, for sure," Youmans said.

Hayes is also an assistant football coach and history teacher at South Side High School. He has been with the school district since 2007.

"It's sad that obviously nobody knew about it, that stuff like that is going on. We need to start paying a little bit more attention to who our neighbors are," neighbor Michelle Miranda said.

What neighbors said is even more shocking, is that the house is right across the street from Medina Middle School.

"I'm petrified to know that there's drugs this close to our school, and there's so many kids in the neighborhood that we don't need drugs in the neighborhood," Miranda said.

Neighbors said while drugs may be everywhere, it is disturbing to have something like this happen in their neighborhood.

"The neighborhood is great, the schools are great. Hopefully people like this will not move into our area once they see that the police are serious about getting it out," Youmans said.

School officials told 7 Eyewitness News that Hayes has been suspended without pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.