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Lockport man faces federal drug charge

LOCKPORT — A Lockport man was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute heroin, crack cocaine and fentanyl, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Tuesday.

Joseph Thompson, 58, is accused of selling heroin and fentanyl at his residence on Elmwood Avenue, according to the complaint. A search warrant executed at the residence recovered two digital scales, cash, baggies, as well as heroin, crack cocaine and fentanyl, Hochul said in a news release.

Thompson was ordered detained following a detention hearing Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio.

Conviction on the charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division, the Lockport Police Department, under the direction of Chief Lawrence Eggert and the Niagara County Drug Task Force, under the direction of Sheriff James Voutour.