On March 16, 2016 at 4:20 P.M. members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, Dunkirk Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and the Dunkirk Police SRT executed a search warrant at 363 Lake Shore Dr. W. in the City of Dunkirk. The entry was made without incident and once inside officers took Joshua J. HAMMER and Walter J. DOYLE into custody. A search warrant had been issued earlier in the day by Acting County Court Judge John LaMancuso based on information brought to him by members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division. It was alleged by the investigating officers that HAMMER and DOYLE were using the location for the production of methamphetamine and for the storage of stolen property. As a result of the search officers located and seized several working one bottle style methamphetamine labs as well as more than two dozen spent one bottle methamphetamine labs. Also found during the search was a large quantity of stolen property consisting of tools, jewelry and other stolen items, a large quantity of money, a quantity of methamphetamine, several ounces of methamphetamine oil and a quantity of marihuana.
As a result of this seizure HAMMER and DOYLE were taken to the City of Dunkirk Jail and are currently charged with one count each of Unlawfully Manufacturing Methamphetamine in the 3rd Degree. HAMMER and DOYLE will be held until their arraignment tomorrrow and then transported to the Chautauqua County Jail pending further action of the court. Also there will be several additional charges laid against both of these subjects pending further analysis of evidence and as more of the stolen property is identified. Currently there were several items discovered that are readily identifiable as stolen property from a residential burglary in the Town of Hanover that occured recently.
Also as a result of the discovery of the methamphetamine labs the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Clandestine Lab Team was called to the scene to collect evidence and dispose of the hazardous wastes that are produced by the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The City of Dunkirk Fire Department and Allstar Ambulance stood by at the scene while the clean up was in process as the hazardous materials can be extremely dangerous when handled.
These arrests culminate a three month investigation into this location as well as the subjects that were taken into custody. Additional arrests are anticipated as a result of this investigation. Authorities continue to ask members of the public to call when they observe narcotics related traffic and activity in their community. The number to call with information for the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force or your local police are either 1-800-344-8702 or 363-0313.