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Volatile meth lab uncovered in drug raid in the Town of Lockport

Special police operations and cleanup crews were called Wednesday morning to handle a potentially dangerous situation after a drug raid uncovered a methamphetamine laboratory on Purdy Road in the Town of Lockport.

Jason I. Jones, 34 and Brianna L. Moreland, 24, both of the Town of Lockport were arrested at the residence where it was suspected that methamphetamine was being made and sold.

The Niagara County Drug Task Force in conjunction with the State Police Special Operations Response Team raided the Purdy Road house at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday following a six-month long investigation into meth sales in the Lockport area by Jones and Moreland.

Both were charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. Both charges are felonies. They were arraigned in the Town of Lockport and both were remanded to Niagara County Jail without bail.

The volatile nature of the by-products used in the manufacture of methamphetamine prompted the New York State Police hazardous response team to respond to the scene.

A return court date for both was set for next Thursday in the Town of Lockport.