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Prison term ordered in meth case

Jason R. Tolbert, 31, of Dunkirk, was ordered Monday by Chautauqua County Judge John T. Ward in Mayville to serve a four-year state prison term and then submit to two years of post-release supervision on his conviction for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

District Attorney David W. Foley said Tolbert was arrested in late January on a Chautauqua County Family Court warrant when sheriff’s deputies found him hiding in a backroom of a Leming Street home in Dunkirk where he allegedly was operating a methamphetamine factory.

Dunkirk City Court Judge Water Drag issued a search warrant for the Leming Street home. Sheriff’s deputies and Dunkirk police raided the home. The State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team, a federal Drug Enforcement Administration squad and a Dunkirk Fire Department crew rendered the meth lab site safe and all the evidence in it was seized by agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, Foley said.

Also Monday in Mayville:

• Kelly Gadra, 46, of Dunkirk, was ordered to serve two to four years in state prison on her fourth-degree grand larceny conviction for a Dunkirk theft.

• Andrea Whitford, 35, of Falconer, was ordered to serve up to a year in Chautauqua County Jail, pay a $1,000 fine and use ignition interlock devices in any vehicles she uses for three years after her release from jail on a felony driving while intoxicated conviction for a Jan. 17 arrest after she was found drunk in her car in an embankment off Hanson Road in the Town of Gerry with her young son. Foley said she had a prior DWI conviction less than 10 years ago.

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