Two parents arrested after discovery of meth lab

Posted at 4:45 AM, Apr 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-20 05:18:00-04

Two people were charged with the endangering the welfare of a child after authorities said they found items used to make methamphetamine during a welfare check.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office investigated a welfare check at 6287 Ridge Road, Lot 7, after a 911 caller said two young children came to her residence saying they couldn't wake their parents.

Joshua B. Hoefer, 33, and Brittany M. Blenker, 26, were found sleeping in a back bedroom by a trooper and sheriff deputy.  They also saw items commonly used for the making of methamphetamine on the floor by the bed and an active methamphetamine lab.

The two parents and an infant were escorted out of the trailer.

The Niagara County Drug Task Force, along with New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team responded. The CCSERT conducted decontamination of the lab and secured all hazardous materials for safe disposal. 

Hoefer and Blenker were both charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and arraigned in Newfane court, where bail was set at $5,000 for each. They are due back in Newfane Court on April 26, 2016.

The investigation is continuing and further charges are pending.