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April 14, 2014

Warrior woman arrested at meth-lab bust in Sayre community

SAYRE — A Warrior woman has been arrested by Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies as they discovered a methamphetamine operation early Sunday morning.

Deputies went to serve outstanding misdemeanor warrants for two men at a house in the 4300 block of Levine Avenue in Sayre. According to Chief Deputy Randy Christian, they found one of the wanted men, Eugene Marvin Ray, sitting in a chair in an outbuilding on the property. As he was arrested, deputies found meth on his person.

Ray was asked where they could find the other suspect, Richard Sloan. Ray told deputies that Sloan had left an hour beforehand. But when deputies looked behind a curtain in the outbuilding, they found an active meth lab. Deputies evacuated the outbuilding, and when they went to evacuate the adjacent house, they were told that a man inside had a handgun.

Deputies called out for those inside the house to come outside. Gina Mendiola of Warrior emerged, and said that three men were hiding in a back bedroom. But by the time the deputies got to the room, the men had gotten out through a window. One of the men, Cody Cuda, was caught as he tried to scale a fence; the other men escaped.

More meth, as well as prescription drugs and marijuana, were found in the bedroom. Narcotics investigators are processing the lab.

Mendiola, 28, was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. She is lodged in the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $39,000.

Vuda was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, attempting to elude and resisting arrest. He is lodged in the Jefferson County Jail on bonds totaling $45,000.

Warrants are being sought against Ray for unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance.

The other two men remain at large.

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