Hamburg, NY (WKBW) - A Hamburg man is under arrest after police say they found a methamphetamine lab in his home, and it appears the suspect may have been promoting his drug products on the social media site Facebook. In another twist to the story, the father of the meth lab suspect was found dead in the driveway of the same Parker Road house 23 years ago.
In March of 1987 the wife of Joseph Bodhorn, 26, found him dead in the driveway of their home at 4647 Parker Road. He'd been shot in the chest and police said a pistol was found by his side. It's unclear if police ever determined who was responsible for Joseph Bodhorn's death. His son, also named Joseph Bodhorn, was three-years-old at the time. The younger Joseph Bodhorn is now 26 and facing five felony drug charges after police raided the same Parker Road home on Tuesday night.
"The original information was that there was pyschedelic mushrooms.. and illegal prescription medications," says Captain Kevin Trask of the Town of Hamburg Police Department. Police aren't saying how they developed their information, but Bodhorn apparently wrote about drugs on his Facebook wall. One of his posts says: "Valiums - morphine - patches - exstacy - and it's all up for grab". Another of his entries reads: "I want some meth and a toothbrush".
"When they (the State Police Special Operations Response Team) did the entry (into the home) it was indeed discovered that there precursors and lab equipment to set up a lab for the production of methamphetamine," says Capt. Trask.
Police describe Bodhorn as unemployed and say he was living in the home with his mother and half-sister who is a first-grader. Police don't believe the child or the mother were aware of the dangerous drug lab that Bodhorn allegedly built in his bedroom. "Mostly household chemicals but when you put them together they become volatile and caustic so there's always the chance there might be an explosion or a fire," says Capt. Trask.
Hamburg police say they haven't found many meth labs in their town but say it is a growing problem in Western New York and nationwide because the chemicals needed to make meth are easy to get, and recipes for meth are available on the Internet.