5 arraigned in County Court for meth production in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 May 2016 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Five people were arraigned in Orleans County Court on Monday after being arrested last month for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine in downtown Albion.The five people were arrested on April 19 after police searched an apartment and discovered methamphetamine was allegedly being produced at the site, 28A East Bank St.

Albion police officers executed a search warrant at the apartment. The warrant was related to a police investigation from a burglary that occurred on April 11 at the Vape Shop, 15 East Bank St.

As a result of the search warrant, the Police Department recovered stolen property from a burglary. The search warrant also resulted in the seizure of over 4 ounces of methamphetamine and the volatile chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, Police Chief Roland Nenni said last month.

The methamphetamine was being produced in the apartment and was in production when the search warrant was executed, the police chief said.

Judge James Punch arraigned the five all on felony charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree, unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine in the third degree, and criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine.

The following were arraigned in County Court:

Tara A. Ryan, 19 of 28A East Bank St., Albion; Nicholas D. Barrett, 19, of 28A East Bank St., Albion; Ryan J. Adkins, 22, of 80 Genesee St., Apt. 6, Lockport; Maja L. Pugh, 19, of 80 Genesee St., Apt. 6, Lockport; and Bridgette A.M. Fronczak-Reilly, 19, of 80 Genesee St., Apt. 6, Lockport.

Four of the five remain in the county jail on $30,000 bail. Pugh has posted bail. All entered not guilty pleas.

In another case in County Court, a Batavia man made his first appearance in County Court after being arrested on April 18 by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office on multiple charges related to the sexual abuse and rape of a 5-year-old child.

Nicholas L. McKague, 24, of West Main Street Road in Batavia faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child and course of sexual conduct against a child.

His arraignment was not complete on Monday because the court wants to see if he is eligible for the public defender. He will be arraigned with counsel on Friday at 11 a.m.