Cases show increase in meth in Niagara County

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LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office says recent investigations show an increase in the manufacture and use of methamphetamine in the county. Since February 28th, the sheriff’s office has arrested four people on drug charges.

On February 25th, the sheriff’s office investigated the sale of meth on Orleans Avenue. They say they found a small amount of the drug and materials used to manufacture it. Several people were questioned in connection to that investigation.

Three days later, officials served a parole warrant on Gabriel Drive in Lockport. The sheriff’s office says they could smell a strong chemical odor outside of the home. After allegedly finding meth and materials to make the drug, they arrested 29-year-olds Naoimi M. Mathews and Pedro J. Vlaquez.

On the same day, deputies say they were attempting to serve a bench warrant on Walnut Street, in Lockport, when they smelled a strong chemical odor outside. After allegedly finding meth and materials to make the drug, they arrested 23-year-old Matthew Bennett.

On March 4th, the Drug Task Force charged 26-year-old William Ray with drug charges, including unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. This is connected to an investigation from December.

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