Deputies: Child removed from home after meth lab found

NELSONVILLE, OH (WCMH)– Athens County deputies say three people were arrested and a child was removed from a home after tips led to the discovery of a meth lab in a Nelsonville residence.

According to the Athens County Sheriff’s Office, a search warrant was executed at a home at 990 Poplar Street, after police had received numerous tips about methamphetamine possibly being manufactured in the residence.

Deputies said that not only was meth found in the home, but so were several items used in its production as well as an active “one pot lab”.

With the help of firefighters, the lab was safely removed from the residence, and two people and a child were found in the home.

Justin Everett Teal, 26, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court on another non-related case.

While investigating the initial scene, Nelsonville police arrested two other people, accused of being the primary suspects in the case, were arrested about a block from the residence.

Ernie Lee Bridgeman III, 25, and Jessica Nicole Frost, 24, were arrested and charged with felony manufacturing of methamphetamine, assembly of materials to manufacture methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine.

According to deputies, a second “one pot” meth lab was found by ODNR agents in some brush and leaves at a public hunting area near Pedigo Ridge Road. There is no information if this lab was connected to the investigation in Nelsonville.

Deputies continue to investigate both incidents. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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