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Two arrested in Newfane raid

NEWFANE -- Two Newfane residents were arrested Wednesday on charges of allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine during a joint raid by the Niagara County Drug Task Force, the State Police Special Operations Response Team and the State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team.

Sheriff James R. Voutour said that an investigation into the suspected manufacture of methamphetamine led to law enforcement obtaining a search warrant for 6520 Ridge Road, Lot 17, in the Town of Newfane. It was raided at about 9 a.m.

Kevin Mitchell, 30, and Diamond Harper, 22, were taken into custody, according to the sheriff. Both were charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, the sheriff said.

Newfane Town Justice Bruce Barnes remanded Mitchell to the Niagara County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or a $20,000 bail bond. Harper was released on her own recognizance.

Both will appear in Newfane Town Court at 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to Voutour. An investigation is continuing, the sheriff said.

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