Meth Lab Nightmare In Bristol Borough

BRISTOL BOROUGH, Pa. (CBS) — The young couple bought the home for $190,000 after it passed inspections.

Rob Quigley and Jenn Friberg bought the home in Bristol because it was everything they were looking for.

“It was our dream house,” Friberg said.

But days after moving in, they immediately started getting sick.

“We had sore throats and headaches,” Quigley said.

“The shortness of breathe scared me, it felt like I had asthma,” Friberg said.

The young couple soon learned from a neighbor their dream home on Jefferson Avenue used to be a meth lab.

When they Googled their address, they found the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration listed the house on its clandestine laboratory registry.

“We were devastated,” Friberg said.

The couple cleaned and moved everything they could back out. After hiring a private company to test the house for methamphetamines, the results were heartbreaking.

“The tester said he wouldn’t let his kids stay here for the weekend and he certainly wouldn’t live here,” Quigley said.

They have since been living with Rob’s mom as they try to come up with the estimated $23,000 needed for a professional clean-up.

To make matters worse, legally lawyers tell them there is little they can do.

They say the last owner was arrested and went to jail in 2004 when the meth lab was discovered and state disclosure laws are limited.

“We can’t hold anyone responsible because it was sold by an executor not the person who was doing the meth,” Friberg said.

The couple is paying the mortgage.

They started a blog to document their problems.

Reported By: Todd Quinones, CBS 3


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One Comment

  1. Apreviousneighbor says:

    If this isn’t the dumbest comment I’ve ever heard…do research on a home before you buy it. There is this thing called Google. You type in your address and what pops up…exactly. These people knew what they were buying from the start. Don’t let them PITTY you into giving them YOUR hard earned money.

    On another note they didn’t start getting “sick” till one of our neighbors mentioned the house had been used as a meth lab. To bad methamphetamine only has a half life of 9-12 hours. Classic example of a couple buying a house and realizing they don’t like it and are trying to get out of it. I’m tire of hearing stupid stories like this. Everyone trying to sue everyone for there own dumb mistakes…

  2. Bored says:

    This story has been circulating all the local news outlets for months- at this point who the hell cares…..

    1. liz says:

      YOU might care if YOU were the one that had to live in the house

  3. JJ says:

    Meth..it’s a hell of a drug

  4. Bob Wexler says:

    So sorry to hear this.I am a contractor in bucks I can help you with the painting and any dry wall work once the house is cleaned.I will do work at cost.You can see my web pages at http://www.decorwoodinteriors.com

  5. Bill Lansdale Pa. says:

    THATS TERRIBLE. YOU ARE A VICTIM OF A CRIME..THE DIRTBAGS THAT MADE AND SOLD METH TO CREATE AND VICTIMIZE ADDICTS ALSO MADE A VICTIM OF YOU BY MAKING THE RESULT OF THEIR CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE RENDER A HOME YOU BOUGHT TO LIVE IN UNSAFE AND UNINHABITABLE. HOW COULD YOU BE EXPECTED TO KNOW WHAT THE DEA AND LAW ENFORCEMENT PEOPLE KNEW. GET A LAWYER AND SUE THE EXECUTOR. THEY KNEW AND DIDN’T DISCLOSE THAT VERY IMPORTANT AND MATERIAL FACT. GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR COUNTY CRIME VICTIMS ADVOCATE AND ENLIST THEIR HELP. GET IN TOUCH WITH THE COUNTY D.A. OFFICE AND SCREAM FOR PROSECUTION AND DON’T LET UP. YOU WORK HARD FOR YOUR MONEY AND DESERVE WHAT YOU PAID FOR, A HOME, NOT A TOXIC WASTE SITE THAT YOU CAN’T LIVE IN. COMPLAIN TO THE BANK AND GET THEM INTO YOUR CORNER.DON’T LET THESE DIRTBAG CRIMINALS VICTIMIZE YOU EFFORTS. I WISH YOU WELL AND HOPE YOU CAN GET GOOD PEOPLE TO HELP YOU. IF THERE IS ANYTHING I CAN DO TO ENCOURAGE OR HELP YOU, E-MAIL ME

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