Authorities discover active meth lab, arrest 3 in Sayre

Cuba and Mendioli

SAYRE, Ala. (WIAT) – Law enforcement who were looking for two men wanted on outstanding warrants discovered an active meth lab in the Sayre community Sunday morning. Deputies arrested three people on the scene.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Randy Christian says deputies arrived at 4 a.m. Sunday after they received information that two men, wanted on outstanding warrants, were staying at the home on Levine Avenue.

Marvin Eugen Ray, 46, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant, was taken into custody. Christian says Ray was in the possession of meth.

Deputies searched an out building and found an active meth lab, which prompted them to evacuate the building and a nearby home.

Christian says they were told a man was in the house with a handgun. When deputies ordered the people in the house to come outside, 28-year-old Gina Mendiola came out and said three men were inside the home.

Deputies went inside and saw the three men running into a kudzu patch behind the house, Christian says.

They were able to arrest Cody Cuda, 22, as he was trying to scale the fence. Two others were able to elude authorities.

Methamphetamine, prescription narcotics and marijuana were found inside the house.

Mendiola is charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. She’s being held in the Jefferson County Jail on $39,000 bond.

Cuda was arrested on two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, attempting to elude and resisting arrest. He’s being held in the Jefferson County Jail on $45,000 bond.

Ray faces charges on warrants of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance.

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