Two Arrested At Nelsonville Meth Lab

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Two people were arrested after law enforcement responded to an active methamphetamine lab on Perry Ridge Road.

The Athens County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Team received information on Monday from a confidential informant that a meth lab was actively cooking at a Perry Ridge residence.

The team executed a search warrant, where it seized a methamphetamine lab, according to a news release by the sheriff’s office.

“There were three bottles of meth that were already finished,” Sheriff Patrick Kelly said. “I’m not aware how many grams were there but (meth) usually runs about $100 a gram.”

Jacob Stump, 33, of Perry Ridge Road and Trisha Lowery, 33, last known to be homeless, were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.

Municipal Court officers met with detectives because the occupants of the home were under a court-appointed diversion program, Kelly said. Officers went to the residence and completed a check on the home, giving detectives a positive indication that meth was cooking.

The lab was neutralized and dismantled. When detectives entered the home, they allegedly found that the meth had finished cooking and hoses were aerating gas out a back window. The residence was filled with “gaseous air,” the news release stated.

The municipal officers were treated at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital for inhalation of the fumes. No other injuries were reported.

Further charges could be pending for the two, according to Kelly. Their case will be presented to a grand jury.

“We will probably solve a few burglaries because of this,” Kelly said.

York Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Nelsonville Fire Department assisted the team with clean-up of the lab.