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Former Newfane meth maker succeeds in diversion program

LOCKPORT – A Newfane man, who entered the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment in December 2013 after pleading guilty to making methamphetamine, was rewarded for completing the program Tuesday.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. gave Dearick L. Hoefer, 34, of Main Street, a conditional discharge. In December, he had reduced Hoefer’s felony plea to a misdemeanor.

Hoefer was arrested April 4, 2013, when police raided a residence on Franklin Street in Olcott.

Defense attorney Joseph Terranova said, “I hardly ever see any success stories, so I’m glad to be here to be a part of it.” If Hoefer had failed in the diversion program, he risked up to eight years in state prison.