A man in Lockport was arrested on the morning of April 16 after a search of his home allegedly revealed drugs, according to local sources. Police in the town in conjunction with Niagara County Sheriff's deputies as well as the New York State Police launched the search following a months-long investigation into the man's alleged activities. He was expected to make his first court appearance on April 17, alongside a criminal defense attorney.
Few details have been included in the report of the 59-year-old man's arrest. However, it has been confirmed that police in the area had long suspected him of manufacturing methamphetamine in his home. With this in mind, a search warrant was obtained to raid the suspected meth lab. The raid occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m. on the morning in question.
It is unclear what police found at the residence, but the man was arrested on-site and now faces several charges. He stands charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, and also faces a second-degree and seventh-degree charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Prior to his court appearance, he was being held without bail in a county jail.
Drug crimes are notoriously difficult to prosecute in the absence of concrete evidence. This report has not disclosed what evidence, if any, New York law enforcement were able to turn up during their search, but in any case, the man's criminal defense representation will be tasked with building a compelling defense against the charges filed against him. The burden of proof, of course, lies with the state to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the man was in possession of, and manufacturing, the dangerous street drug.