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April 6, 2013

Police bust Olcott meth lab


Tonawanda News — According to Dierolf, the home had been occupied for “a few months” by a man who neighbors believed was house-sitting for an aunt, or possibly a grandmother.

Preisch confirmed that there is a familial relation between the homeowner and one of the men arrested. He added that the home is a rental unit.

“There had been a lot of traffic there the last few weeks, mostly at night,” Dierolf added. “We thought something was going on there. Once the cops showed up, we figured (drugs) were involved.”

Around 9 a.m. Friday, sheriffs deputies and state police arrived to process the scene. They began hauling the suspected lab outside. Among the items they removed were one-gallon milk containers which held a brown liquid, and what appeared to be Coleman lanterns. Officials dressed in white hazmat attire could be seen on the front lawn examining the material.

“They’re products that when combined are classified as a hazardous material,” Preisch said. “We also make sure that the stuff isn’t left behind for the neighbors to deal with. We make sure the property gets cleaned up.”

Meth labs contain compounds that are highly flammable, so firefighters from Olcott and Miller Hose stood by at the scene. They remained on Franklin Street until about 1 p.m.

Dierolf said the activity disrupted what is usually a very quiet street.

“This is very unusual for around here. There are a lot of kids on this street,” she said. “We don’t need (drug activity) around here.”

The sheriff’s office said bail for Hoefer was set at $15,000. Linderman was released on $250 bail.

The investigation is continuing and further charges may be pending.

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