Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —
A Niagara County Sheriff's deputy's decision to check out a suspicious vehicle led to the arrest of three people on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine early Sunday.
The deputy, investigating a suspicious vehicle parked on the canal towpath under the Day Road bridge just before 1 a.m. Sunday, found three people in the vehicle, a 2000 Buick Century. He reportedly smelled marijuana, to which the group reportedly admitted to stopping so they could smoke. A green leafy substance and a glass pipe were found in the car.
When the deputy had the three suspects exit the vehicle, he uncovered a number of items commonly used in the “one pot method” of manufacturing methamphetamine, as well as a bottle containing a bubbling that was identified as methamphetamine.
Plastic bags, coffee filters, a hose and a set of pliers were found in the vehicle, along with a jar with a filter attached and a green plastic bottle containing a white granular substance, possibly table salt, the deputy reported.
Matthew C. Brown, 29, 84 Prentice St., Lockport; Barbara J. Dickenson, 22, 36 Spruce St., Lockport; and Leeanne E. Ferris, 28, 194 Aurora St., Lancaster, were all charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine. They were arraigned in Lockport town court and are being held in Niagara County Jail on $2,500 cash or $10,000 bond bail each.
A return court date is set for Thursday.
After the bubbling substance was identified as methamphetamine, the Niagara County Drug Task Force was dispatched to the scene and determined that it was unsafe. Wrights Corners volunteer firefighters assisted and the Niagara County HazMat team responded to remove the methamphetamine and components before the car was towed to the sheriff's office for further investigation.