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Four people were arrested Thursday night after allegedly operating a meth lab in the garage of home where three children lived in Butler County.

A search warrant was carried out at approximately 7:30 p.m. Thursday after an anonymous tip led undercover agents to the home in the 5800 block of Layhigh Road in Morgan Township.

635564034377877650-DSCN1666“This illegal make-shift laboratory looked like something out of a movie,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones in a release. “It’s not a secret how dangerous the components to make drugs are, houses have exploded and people have died over this kind of malicious stupidity.”

In the home, police found chemicals and supplies to make methamphetamine, guns, and other drug paraphernalia, according to reports.

The three children found in the home were removed by Butler County Children Services.

“The chemicals used to make these dangerous drugs are extremely toxic and children should be nowhere near them,” Butler County Lt. Lance Bunnel said in a release.

“These kids were placed in absolute serious danger because of these senseless criminals,” Jones added. “… agents of the Sheriff’s Office and Children Services did a great job stopping this illegal operation before something bad happened.”



The case is still under investigation with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office B.U.R.N. Undercover Region Narcotics Taskforce.


  • Paul Ritter, 47 – charged with first-degree drug manufacturing and second-degree possession of drugs
  • John Ritter, 50 – charged with fifth-degree possession of drugs
  • Linda Ritter, 57 – charged with permitting drug use
  • Ammy Bingle, 38 – charged with three misdemeanor counts of child endangerment







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