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Pair charged with making meth in Dunkirk

DUNKIRK – Police on Wednesday charged two men with making methamphetamine at a home on Lake Shore Drive West.

Several “one-bottle style” methamphetamine labs and more than two dozen spent one-bottle labs were found in the home, located between Beach Drive and Crooked Brook Drive, according to the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

Joshua J. Hammer, 28, and Walter J. Doyle, 48, were each charged with third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine.

A large quantity of stolen property, including tools and jewelry, were also found in the home Wednesday afternoon, as well as large quantities of meth and cash, methamphetamine oil and marijuana, authorities said. Additional charges are pending. Some of the stolen items were believed to be property taken from a residential burglary in the Town of Hanover.

The Drug Enforcement Agency’s Clandestine Lab Team was called to the scene to collect evidence and dispose of the hazardous waste created in the manufacturing of meth.

Hammer and Doyle were being held in the Dunkirk City Jail and are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

The arrests were the result of a three-month investigation into the pair and the home, and additional arrests are expected, authorities said.