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3 children removed from Butler Co. home containing meth lab

Police confiscated materials used for making meth (provided photo) Police confiscated materials used for making meth (provided photo)
This is the garage that housed the large scale meth lab (provided photo) This is the garage that housed the large scale meth lab (provided photo)
Agents raided this home after they got a tip about a meth lab operation (provided photo) Agents raided this home after they got a tip about a meth lab operation (provided photo)
These four people were arrested in connection with the meth lab (provided photos) These four people were arrested in connection with the meth lab (provided photos)
BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

Three children were found residing alongside chemicals and drug paraphernalia at a Butler County home where a large scale meth lab was operating, officials say.

According to the Butler County Sheriff's Office, an anonymous tip led undercover agents to the home in the 5800 block of Layhigh Road in Morgan Township around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

A search warrant was executed and chemicals, supplies, guns and other drug paraphernalia were confiscated from the home.

The children were also removed from the home by Butler County Children Services.

"The chemicals used to make these dangerous drugs are extremely toxic and children should be nowhere near them," said Lt. Lance Bunnell. 

Paul Ritter, 47, was charged with manufacturing drugs and possession of drugs. John Ritter, 50, was charged with possession of drugs. Linda Ritter, 57, was charged with permitting drug abuse and Ammy Bingle, 38, was charged with three counts of child endangering. 

Each of the subjects were taken to the Butler County jail. 

"This illegal make-shift laboratory looked like something out of a movie," said Sheriff Richard Jones. "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. These kids were placed in absolute serious danger because of these senseless criminals, but the quick action of the 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. 

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