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2016-08-24 / Front Page

Police make two arrests in drug lab case

Amherst police have arrested two individuals in connection with the underground drug lab discovered two weeks ago beneath a parking lot at Wal-Mart, 3290 Sheridan Drive at Bailey Avenue.

According to Detective Lt. JoAnn DiNoto, narcotics detectives Ed Bailey and Todd Homberger arrested an 18-year-old Queensbury resident on Thursday, in connection with the lab that was found within a storm sewer. Police have not released the person’s name.

Additionally, DiNoto said the detectives arrested Peter S. Miller, formerly of Amherst, who was charged with unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine in the third degree.

Upon discovering the lab on Aug. 8, officers and detectives immediately notified area emergency hazardous materials teams.

Responding to the scene were Eggertsville firefighters and members from both Brighton Fire Company’s and Clarence Fire Company’s hazardous materials teams.

Members of the Buffalo Fire Department, led by Division Chief Patrick Britzzacaro, also responded.

DiNoto said Miller was arraigned before Town Justice Kara Buscaglia, who set bail at $5,000 cash or $15,000 bond. He is currently being held in the Erie County Holding Center and is due back in Amherst Town Court on Sept. 7.

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