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Police in Bullitt County evacuate homes after finding active meth lab

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police in Bullitt County looking for suspects in connection with the theft of several electric meters from Salt River Electric customers found themselves in a dangerous situation when an active meth lab was discovered.

According to a news release from the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department, it happened Tuesday as officers were searching a home in the 300 block of Octagon Avenue. Police say 37-year-old Roland Ritter gave police permission to search the home. That's when they found one stolen meter hooked up to the home even though Salt River had already removed a meter from that residence because of non-payment.

Police say Ritter eventually admitted to deputies that he had stolen meters from the area and had the meters in the home. He gave permission to search the home and two stolen meters were found. During the search deputies noticed items used to manufacture methamphetamine. As the search continued, a 2-liter bottle with an active methamphetamine lab was found in the tank of the toilet submerged in water.

This put deputies and nearby residents in immediate danger because when water comes into contact with the chemicals used to make methamphetamine, it causes an explosion. With this knowledge, the deputies immediately evacuated the home and one additional home east of the location.

Deputies were able to remove the lab without incident to the front yard of the home where the lab was neutralized by lab certified deputies.

Because of the hazardous nature of placing a meth lab in water, Zoneton Fire and Bullitt EMS were called to the scene.

Ritter was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, four counts of wanton endangerment on police officers, two counts of tampering with physical evidence, theft of services and theft of electric meters.

He is due in court on May 20.

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