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Albion police arrest several for making meth in downtown

Staff Reports Posted 19 April 2016 at 12:00 am

7 arrested after warrant issued to find stolen property

Photo by Tom Rivers – Police search an apartment at 28A East Bank St. this morning.

ALBION – Five people have been arrested after police searched an East Bank Street apartment this morning and discovered methamphetamine was 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., Police Chief Roland Nenni said.

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, Nenni said.

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

“Methamphetamine is extremely dangerous to produce and is just as dangerous when ingested,” Nenni said. “Today’s arrests resulted in a dangerous operation being shut down and a large amount of methamphetamine being taken off the street.”

Albion Police were assisted by a specialized team from the New York State Police that handles the mitigation of methamphetamine production operations and by the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force. The methamphetamine seized will be sent to a criminal laboratory for official testing. The chemicals and precursors used in the methamphetamine production were rendered safe and will be taken to a hazardous waste disposal site.

As a part of the investigation the Albion Police were assisted by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office in an additional search warrant execution on a vehicle on East Bank Street operated by a suspect who was taken into custody. That search warrant resulted in the seizure of additional stolen property.

Arrested were as follows:


Tara A. Ryan, 19 of 28A East Bank St., Albion. She was charged criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 2nd degree, (A2-Felony), unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine in the 3rd degree (D-Felony), criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine (E-Felony), criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree (A-Misdemeanor), unlawfully growing cannabis (A-Misdemeanor), and unlawful possession of marijuana (violation).


Nicholas D. Barrett, 19, of 28A East Bank St., Albion. He was charged criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 2nd degree, (A2-Felony), unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine in the 3rd degree (D-Felony), criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine (E-Felony), criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree (A-Misdemeanor), unlawfully growing cannabis (A-Misdemeanor), and unlawful possession of marijuana (violation).


Ryan J. Adkins, 22, of 80 Genesee St., Apt. 6, Lockport. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 2nd degree (A2 Felony), unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine in the 3rd degree (D-Felony), criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine (E-Felony), and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree (A-Misdemeanor).


Maja L. Pugh, 19, of 80 Genesee St., Apt. 6, Lockport. She was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 2nd degree (A2 Felony), unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine in the 3rd degree (D-Felony), criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine (E-Felony), and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree (A-Misdemeanor).


Bridgette A.M. Fronczak-Reilly, 19, of 80 Genesee St., Apt. 6, Lockport. She was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 2nd degree (A2 Felony), unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine in the 3rd degree (D-Felony), criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine (E-Felony), and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree (A-Misdemeanor).


Shane J. DiPilato, 18, of 1 Nelson St., Holley. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 2nd degree (A2 Felony), unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine in the 3rd degree (D-Felony), criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine (E-Felony), and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree (A-Misdemeanor).

Zachary A. Deville, 22, of 101 Brown St., Albion. He was charged with burglary in the 3rd degree (D-Felony), grand larceny in the 3rd degree (D-Felony), conspiracy in the 4th degree (E-Felony), endangering in the welfare of a child (A-Misdemeanor), and criminal mischief in the 4th degree (A-Misdemeanor).
All seven were arraigned and placed in the Orleans County Jail on no bail. They are to return to the Albion Town Court on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

A juvenile male was also taken into custody and was charged with crimes in relation to the burglary. The juvenile male will be returning to Family Court at a later time and was released to a parent.

Nenni said additional arrests and charges are pending.