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Police uncover two meth labs, arrest five people on drug charges

Five people were arrested as authorities uncovered two meth labs including a mobile unit, Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour said Friday.

Daniel M. Gawrysiak, 39, of the Town of Lockport, was charged with felony unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. He was arrested Thursday by deputies following up on a report about an unresponsive man in a van in the parking lot of the Walmart on South Transit Road in the Town of Lockport. Deputies said the van served as a mobile meth lab.

After the arrest of Gawrysiak, deputies learned of a meth lab operating out of a trailer on Quain Place in the Town of Niagara, Voutour said. There, they found material used for the manufacture of meth and loaded shotgun, the sheriff added.

Also arrested were Jason Hannon, 37, his wife, Roberta W. Hannon, 44; Robert W. Gardiner, 28, all of the Town of Niagara; and Keith W. Crossley, 38, of the City of Lockport.

All four were charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. Jason Hannon and Crossley were charged additionally with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon -- the loaded shotgun.

Because of the highly volatile nature of ingredients used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, South Lockport firefighters were summoned to stand by at the Walmart parking lot and Niagara Active volunteers, at the Town of Niagara site.

Gawrysiak was remanded to Niagara County Correctional Facility without bail. The four other suspects each were remanded there in lieu of $50,000 cash, or $100,000 bond, each.

The Niagara County Drug Task Force assisted in the investigation.