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Meth lab supplier gets two years

A repentant Henry Polanowski was ordered Tuesday to spend the next two years in state prison for supplying the raw material for a West Seneca meth lab that was shut down last summer.

Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka agreed to recommend that Polanowski, an admitted drug addict, be placed in a state prison drug rehabilitation program, if state prison officials find Polanowski qualified.

Both Polanowski, 31, of Gaby Lane, Cheektowaga, and Kevin D. Breitenbach, 26, pleaded guilty Dec. 29 to unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third-degree for the meth lab that Breitenbach had been operating out of his home on Briarhill Drive in West Seneca.

Prosecutors said the two men's guilty pleas marked the first convictions in Erie County for the operation of a meth lab.

Breitenbach is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 7 and faces a 2 1/2 -year prison term, the highest possible for a first-time felony drug conviction.

Hollie L. Belz, 23, of Seneca Street, West Seneca, the third suspect in the case, remains jailed pending further court proceedings linked to her September indictment in the case, prosecutors said.

District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III and prosecutors Kristin A. St. Mary and Mary Beth DePasquale said that during a West Seneca police raid July 13, Breitenbach and Belz were caught with methamphetamine at Breitenbach's home.

Polanowski was arrested separately last summer and charged with supplying drug material for the lab, prosecutors said.

Polanowski was convicted in Arizona on a felony theft charge nine years ago, court officials said.

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