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September 4, 2013

Plea taken for meth lab

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A former Town of Lockport resident is looking at a year-and-a-half in prison after admitting Tuesday to running a meth lab on Fairview Drive.

Jessica L. Pittler, 23, now residing at 478 Oliver St., North Tonawanda, agreed to a plea deal Tuesday in Niagara County Court. She pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a class E nonviolent drug felony.

Niagara County Judge Sara S. Farkas said Pittler faced a maximum of one-and-a-half years in state prison and one year of post release supervision. Pittler will be sentenced Nov. 14.

The plea deal is contingent on Pittler waving her right to appeal, which she did, and if co-defendant Johnathan O’Dell agrees to a similar plea. He’s expected in court sometime this week.

And if he doesn’t, Pittler agreed to cooperate in O’Dell’s prosecution, said Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh. 

“She’s willing to do that,” Wydysh said in court.

Back on April 30, Pittler and O’Dell were arrested at 7498 Fairview Drive. The Niagara County Drug Task Force, in conjunction with the New York State Police Special Operations Response team, executed a search warrant.

The warrant was based on a four-month investigation conducted by the task force into meth manufacturing at the address. According to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, the task force received many complaints about the Fairview address.

Pittler was released on her own recognizance Tuesday.

Pittler was the second person in a little more than a week to admit to running a meth lab in eastern Niagara County. Back on Aug. 26, Sean A. Smith, 39, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C nonviolent drug felony. He’s facing a maximum of five-and-a-half years in state prison, after admitting to running a meth lab in Wrights Corners.

Smith will be sentenced Nov. 12 and is free on bail.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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