Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour announced Friday the arrest of four men and one woman on felony drug charges and weapons possession based on a call of a suspicious person in a van and a related search of a methamphetamine lab.
According to a news release from the Niagara County Sheriff's Office:
On May 3rd at about 11:55 a.m. Deputies Paul Harrer and Jared Ander responded to a call of an unresponsive male in a van in the Walmart parking lot on South Transit Rd in the town of Lockport. Upon investigation they found Daniel M. Gawrysiak in the van and conscious.
While interviewing Gawrysiak deputies allegedly observed materials consistent with a mobile methamphetamine lab in the van. Niagara County Drug Task Force Chief Mark Driess along with Task Force investigators and members of the Drug Enforcement Administration responded to the scene to investigate. After obtaining a search warrant for the van, a search allegedly revealed materials and by-products consistent with a clandestine methamphetamine lab.
Gawrysiak, 39 of the town of Lockport was charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the 3rd degree, a felony. Further investigation during the search allegedly revealed that a methamphetamine lab was being operated in the town of Niagara.
After obtaining a search warrant for the town of Niagara address Task Force members searched a trailer on Quain Place and allegedly found material used for the manufacture of methamphetamine and a loaded shot gun in the home. Charged with the Unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the 3rd degree were Jason Hannon, 37; Roberta W. Hannon, 44; Robert W. Gardiner, 28 all of the town of Niagara and Keith W. Crossley, 38 of the city of Lockport. Jason Hannon and Crossley were additionally charged with Criminal Possession
of a Weapon 4th Degree, a misdemeanor.
Gawrysiak was remanded to the Niagara County Correctional Facility without bail and the town of Niagara defendants were remanded to the Niagara County Correctional Facility on $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.