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LOCKPORT – A Lockport man voiced his regret at becoming involved with making methamphetamine Tuesday, as Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III sentenced him to 4 1/2 years in state prison and three years of post-release supervision.

“This is knowledge I wish I had never learned,” said Sean A. Smith, 39, of William Street. “I never taught anybody how to make that product. I wish I could help the community, to show them the dangers of that product.”

Murphy said, “In my opinion, you are a dangerous individual, and your crimes pose a grave risk to this community.” Police raided Smith’s then-home on Hope Lane in Newfane Jan. 11 and found a meth lab. Smith pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

A co-defendant, James O. White, 21, of Olcott Street, Lockport, is awaiting sentencing for third-degree unlawful manufacture of meth.

Smith was arrested Nov. 9 in Buffalo on a misdemeanor drug charge, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said.