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One sentenced, one arraigned in Niagara County meth cases

LOCKPORT – A Lockport man was sentenced Wednesday to a six-month stint in the state prison system’s shock incarceration program after police executing a bench warrant on a local charge found a methamphetamine lab in his home.

Matthew D. Bennett, 23, of Walnut Street, was arrested Feb. 28 and pleaded guilty Sept. 24 to third-degree unlawful manufacture of meth. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said Bennett will serve 18 months in a regular cell if he washes out of the shock program.

In another case before Kloch, William K. Ray, 26, of Fernwood Drive, Lockport, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with the third-degree meth count and second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said Ray discarded a bag containing nine ounces of meth oil into a Hartland field Dec. 8. Sheriff’s investigators said it also contained material and equipment used to make meth.