Have you seen him? Meth defendant wanted on 3 felonies

Cary Ashby • Aug 31, 2014 at 6:07 AM

A rural Bellevue man is wanted on three felonies in connection with an investigation of methamphetamine manufacturing.

John S. Ruffing, 32, most recently of 1266 Section Line Road 30, is charged with two counts of illegal manufacture of drugs and one charge of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs. The Bellevue Police Department filed the charges Friday in Bellevue Municipal Court.

Ruffing is accused of assembling "a fuel substance, ammonia, nitrate, lithium, muriatic acid and salt altogether for the purpose of, or had, manufactured methamphetamine" at his home, according to the criminal complaint.

He wasn't in custody at the Sandusky County Jail as of Friday afternoon. Anyone with information about Ruffing's whereabouts is encouraged to call Bellevue police at (419) 483-4444 or leave a message on the department's Facebook page.

Just after 8 a.m. Thursday, police, with assistance from the Huron County Sheriff's Office, used a search warrant at Ruffing's home. Shortly after 9 p.m. Monday, police, agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and Sandusky County sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant at a Thomas Drive apartment. Authorities have said each warrant is related to the same meth lab-related investigation.

Julie A. Singleton, 43, of 119 Thomas Drive, Apt. F, is charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs, illegal possession of chemicals to manufacture drugs, deception to obtain a dangerous drug and three misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. She must post a $150,000 bond before being released from jail.

Authorities have seized multiple suspected meth-related items from each residence and submitted them to BCI for testing. Police Chief Mark Kaufman has said officers found "suspected methamphetamine cooking pots" when they searched the Thomas Drive apartment and BCI agents determined the area wasn't safe.

The Bellevue Fire Department responded to the scene and assisted in evacuating "residents from their apartments that were directly touching the affected apartment for their safety," Kaufman said. Sgt. Tom Saleski determined there were two juveniles in the residence and contacted Sandusky County Children Services.

Police were notified about the suspected meth lab about 5:40 p.m. Monday. A woman told officers she was at a friend's house "when she found out that the individual had a meth lab in her house," police said. The tipster couldn't provide Singleton's last name, but she knew her first name was Julie.

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