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Anonymous tip leads Sheriff’s Office to meth lab, authorities say

Martel Cuevas-Magallon, 32, of Merced. Photo courtesy of the Merced County Sheriff’s Office.
Martel Cuevas-Magallon, 32, of Merced. Photo courtesy of the Merced County Sheriff’s Office.

Two men have been arrested after a tip led to a methamphetamine lab, authorities said.

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office said it detained Carlos Nava, 27, and Martel Cuevas-Magallon, 32, both of Merced, after an anonymous tip led Sgt. Kevin Blake to a methamphetamine lab in the 4000 block of Franklin Road on Wednesday, according to Deputy Daryl Allen.

Blake located the lab on the back of the property, according to a news release.

Members of the California Department of Justice Meth Task Force out of Fresno processed the lab and seized more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine, according to authorities. A loaded .22 caliber handgun and more than $2,500 in cash were also seized from the scene, according to a news release.

Nava and Cuevas-Magallon were arrested on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance with a loaded firearm, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Both men remain in jail on $1 million bail.

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