Tonawanda News

September 4, 2013

NT woman takes plea for meth lab

BY JOE OLENICK joe.olenick@tonawanda-news.com
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — LOCKPORT — A North Tonawanda resident is looking at a year-and-a-half in prison after admitting Tuesday to running a meth lab in Lockport.

Jessica L. Pittler, 23, 478 Oliver St., agreed to a plea deal Tuesday in Niagara County Court. She pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a class-E nonviolent drug felony.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said Pittler faced a maximum of one-and-a-half years in state prison and one year of post release supervision. Pittler will be sentenced Nov. 14.

The plea deal is contingent on Pittler waving her right to appeal, which she did, and to testify against co-defendant Johnathan O’Dell unless he agrees to a similar plea. He’s expected in court later this week.

“She’s willing to do that,” Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said in court.

On April 30, Pittler and O’Dell were arrested at 7498 Fairview Drive, Town of Lockport. The Niagara County Drug Task Force, in conjunction with the New York State Police Special Operations Response team, executed a search warrant.

The warrant was based on a four-month investigation conducted by the task force into meth manufacturing at the address. According to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, the task force received many complaints about the Fairview address.

Pittler was released on her own recognizance Tuesday.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241, or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.