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Newfane home raided as a meth lab by state police and niagara county sheriff

A Hazardous Materials Response Cleanup team was dispatched to clear volatile meth lab chemicals from a Franklin Street home in Newfane after it was raided by Niagara County Sheriff’s Drug Task Force and state police late Thursday.

Sheriff James R. Voutour said a two-month probe targeted 1579 Franklin St., where methamphetamine was made and sold. Two Newfane men, Dearick Hoefer, 32, and Geoffrey Linderman, 28, were arrested.

Hoefer is being held in lieu of $15,000 bail on a felony charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. Linderman was charged with maintaining a public nuisance and released on $250 bail, officials said.

The sheriff said the sale of the dangerous drug out of the Franklin Street house had been the subject of neighborhood complaints, which prompted the joint investigation. Voutour said the Newfane meth lab is the 12th one shut down in Western New York since early 2012.