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Lockport meth cook headed to state prison

LOCKPORT – A man who discarded a bag containing nine ounces of methamphetamine oil and equipment and materials to make the drug in a Hartland field was sentenced Thursday to 2½ years in prison.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. also ordered a year of post-release supervision for William K. Ray, 27, of Fernwood Drive, Lockport. He had pleaded guilty Jan. 29 to fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree unlawful manufacture of meth.

Niagara County Drug Task Force agents found the bag, which was discarded Dec. 8, 2013, and investigated its contents, leading to Ray’s arrest three months later. Ray had no prior criminal record and told Kloch he wanted to stay home with his young children, but Kloch replied that he didn’t want a meth maker around children. “I’ve got to put you in jail,” Kloch told Ray.