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43 bags of crack cocaine seized from Lockport man in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 December 2013 at 12:00 am
John Butler

John Butler

ALBION – A Lockport man faces drug charges after police seized 43 bags of crack cocaine on Friday, the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force is reporting.

John H. Butler, 32, of 5794 Sweetwood Drive, Apt. G was charged with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, and one count of aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree.

The Task Force worked with Albion village police and the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department to execute a search warrant on Butler’s vehicle, which was parked at 131 South Main St. in the American Legion’s lot.

Police seized 43 bags of crack cocaine from the vehicle. The Niagara County Drug Task Force and Niagara County Sheriff’s Department also searched Butler’s apartment in Lockport.

Butler was arraigned in the Town of Albion Court by Justice Kevin Howard. Butler was sent to county jail with no bail due to his previous criminal history. He is to return to Town Court on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

The investigation is still ongoing and further charges and arrests are pending.