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2 jailed after Lockport traffic stop for having alleged mobile meth lab

Two men pulled over Sunday night on a routine traffic stop were found to be traveling with a mobile methamphetamine laboratory, State Police announced Tuesday.

Joshua B. Hoefer, 28, of Charles Street, Burt, and Raymond M. Burley, 24, of Ten Mile, Tenn., were charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine, a felony, and seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance, State Police said.

The two were arraigned before Lockport Town Justice Leonard G. Tilney Jr. and remanded to Niagara County Jail. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 property for Burley and $5,000 cash or $10,000 property for Hoefer.

Troopers said the arrest started with a traffic stop at 11:30 p.m. Sunday on Fairview Drive in Lockport. Troopers said they saw Burley discard a plastic bottle when the car stopped. Inside the bottle, they found methamphetamine components. A bag containing a plastic bottle and tubing was found inside the car.

Hoefer had a small plastic bag containing 5.6 grams of powdered methamphetamine, according to State Police.

Burley also has an active arrest warrant in Tennessee on an escape charge and will be held for extradition to Tennessee, according to authorities, who said he also has outstanding warrants in the City of Lockport and the Town of Niagara.

Lockport police assisted at the arrest scene. The State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team was activated to take possession of the methamphetamine solution, which can be both toxic and explosive, authorities said.


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