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Warrant arrest leads to drug charge

NEWFANE – A Ridge Road man, arrested at his home on an unspecified warrant, faced additional charges when Niagara County sheriff’s deputies said they found him carrying prescription drugs that were outside of approved containers.

Steven A. Rathke, 54, was charged just before 9 p.m. Sunday with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after deputies searching him for weapons found him carrying a prescription pill in a brass container in his pocket and three additional pills in his pocket.

Rathke said he was unaware of the pill in the brass container and told deputies he had a prescription for the other pills, but stuck them in his pocket as he headed to a nearby pond.