DUNKIRK, NY – Acting on a tip, police arrested a 27-year-old man who was operating a meth lab in a Dunkirk motel room Friday night.
While checking the status of parolees at Don's Motel on Lake Shore Drive West around 8:15 p.m., police were looking into a report of suspected criminal activity in some of the rooms at the motel. They learned that a Joshua J. Hammer, who was wanted in connection with a domestic violence incident earlier in the evening, had barricaded himself into room #38 at the hotel, which was supposed to be vacant, and he was suspected of having a gun.
Police talked him into leaving the room through a back door, but he hastily locked the door as he exited. After getting the consent of management, police searched the room and discovered a fully operational methamphetamine lab and a loaded handgun.