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LOCKPORT – Three people were arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine early Sunday as a result of the work of a curious Niagara County sheriff deputy.

The deputy, investigating a suspicious vehicle parked on the canal towpath under the Day Road bridge just before 1 a.m. Sunday, smelled marijuana and uncovered a number of items commonly used in the “one pot method” of manufacturing methamphetamine – as well as a bubbling liquid in a bottle identified as methamphetamine.

The charge of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine were brought against Matthew C. Brown, 29, of Prentice Street; Barbara J. Dickenson, 22, of Spruce Street; and Leeanne E. Ferris of Aurora Street, Lancaster. They were arraigned in the Town of Lockport and remanded to Niagara County Jail on $2,500 cash or $10,000 bond. A return court date is set for Thursday.

After identifying the substance and detaining the three, the Niagara County Drug Task Force and advised the scene was not safe. Wrights Corners volunteer firefighters assisted and the Niagara County HazMat team responded to remove the methamphetamine and components before the car was towed to the Niagara County Sheriff Department for further investigation.