Meth lab suspect turns himself in

Cary Ashby • Sep 2, 2014 at 10:54 PM

A suspected methamphetamine manufacturer who had been on the lam is in custody.

John S. Ruffing, 32, of 1266 Section Line Road 30, Bellevue, turned himself into the Huron County Sheriff's Office just before 12:30 p.m. Saturday. He was to be held without bond until a hearing today in Bellevue Municipal Court.

Ruffing is charged with two felony counts of illegal possession of manufactured drugs. According to the criminal complaint filed Friday by the Bellevue Police Department, he 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.

Just after 8 a.m. Thursday, police, with assistance from the sheriff's office, used a search warrant at Ruffing's home. Shortly after 9 p.m. Aug. 25, 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, Bellevue, 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 the Sandusky County 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 Singleton's apartment and BCI agents determined the area wasn't safe.

Bellevue firefighters 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. Aug. 25. 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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