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Lockport meth maker sentenced to state prison

LOCKPORT – A man who, according to his attorney, started making his own methamphetamine because his drug supplier became unavailable, was sentenced Thursday to 2 1/2 years in state prison and two years of post-release supervision.

Matthew C. Brown, 29, of Prentice Street, Lockport, had pleaded guilty to third-degree unlawful manufacture of meth and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III that Brown also kept using drugs after his Feb. 27 guilty pleas.

Brown, his girlfriend and another woman were arrested Nov. 10 in a parked car on the Erie Canal towpath beneath the Day Road Bridge in Lockport. A deputy seized more than two ounces of meth oil and assorted other ingredients and equipment needed to produce the drug.