- Cullman, Alabama

October 26, 2013

6 arrested on meth charges; Active lab found in Battleground residence

By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times

— Six Cullman residents were charged Wednesday with manufacturing methamphetamine.

 Michael Wayne Pierce, 23, Christ-opher Lee Pierce, 20, Larry Joseph Clough, 55, and Johnny Ray Cordar, 36, all of Cullman, were charged with unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance in the first degree following an investigation and the discovery of an active meth lab inside a residence at 1986 County Road 1107 in the Battle-ground community. Michael Wayne James, 37, and Tabitha Leane Lively, 24, were later located outside the residence in a camper and were both arrested with unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Cullman County Sheriff Mike Rainey said multiple departments joined in the month-long investigation.

“A quantity of the nearly finished product, and items that consisted with those needed for meth manufacturing, along with the active meth lab were found in the residence,” Rainey said. “The Good Hope volunteer fire department came to the scene in order to speak to and decontaminate the defendants.”

Inside the outdoor camper, agents located components consistent with those needed for manufacturing methamphetamine.

“This has be an on-going investigation for over a month and we’d like to thank all the agents from CNET, the sheriff’s department, SWAT team and city tactical members involved in the operation,” Rainey said. “I want the citizens to know when we receive complaints, we do follow up on those and we will arrest those who choose to involve themselves in this type of criminal activity.”

All six Cullman residents are being held at the Cullman County Detention Center. Bonds are set at $1 million per defendant.

Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.