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Lockport man pleads guilty in meth case

LOCKPORT – William K. Ray of Fernwood Drive, Town of Lockport, pleaded guilty Thursday in State Supreme Court to two felonies in connection with a methamphetamine arrest.

Ray, 27, admitted to fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree unlawful manufacture of meth. Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said he will sentence Ray, who has no prior criminal record, to no more than 2 1/2 years in prison, but left open the possibility of probation.

Ray discarded a bag containing nine ounces of meth oil and equipment and materials to make the drug in a Hartland field on Dec. 8, 2013. He was arrested three months later, after Niagara County Drug Task Force agents found the bag and investigated it. He will be sentenced March 26.