A 27-year-old Town of Lockport man was arrested and a suspected meth lab in a Ruhlman Road home in the township was busted about 8 a.m. Friday by the Niagara County Drug Task Force and state police.
Jeffrey M. Budde was taken into custody on charges of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawfully dealing with a child.
Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour said a three-month investigation of the alleged lab operation revealed that a two-year-old child was in the residence while methamphetamine was being cooked.
The sheriff said at least two fires have taken place at the Ruhlman Road house in the past few months because of the meth operation. Units of the South Lockport Fire Company were on hand during Friday morning’s raid as a precaution, the sheriff said.
Budde is being held in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or a $10,000 bail bond.