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Guilty plea to meth lab gets man treatment program

LOCKPORT – Jeffrey M. Budde, who was arrested May 10 as Niagara County sheriff’s deputies shut down a methamphetamine lab on Ruhlman Road in Lockport, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Budde, 27, admitted to third-degree unlawful manufacture of meth, and was admitted by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.

If Budde succeeds in the program, his charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a sentence of probation, but if he fails, he faces a sentence of as long as 2½ years in prison.

Budde, who said he will live with his mother in Appleton once he’s released from an inpatient drug treatment center, said he was a daily user of meth and opiates.