York City men arrested on drug charges

Two York City men were found with drugs and two loaded guns on Tuesday, July 24, according to officials.

Tyquan Bethune

The York County District Attorney's Office said in a news release Wednesday, July 25, that Shelton Ritter, 32, and Tyquan Bethune, 20, were found with drugs by police. 

The county drug task force, alongside York City Police, searched a home in the 300 block of East College Avenue, where they found Ritter and Bethune with  marijuana, cocaine and two guns, officials said.

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The county drug task force is overseen by the DA's office.

Ritter and Bethune were taken to the county's central booking unit for arraignment. They are charged with possession of drugs with intent to deliver.

Ritter and Bethune remain in York County Prison in lieu of $100,000 and $50,000 bail, respectively.

Shelton Ritter

They do not have attorneys listed. Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 8, at District Judge Ronald Haskell Jr.'s office.

History: Ritter was charged in June 2017 for putting a gun to a woman's head while she slept, according to York City Police.

He was charged with choking his girlfriend during a Feb. 1, 2017, argument inside her home, for which he was charged with simple assault. 

The victim in the case testified against Ritter at his preliminary hearing, according to court records.

About 3 a.m. June 11, Ritter — who was free on $15,000 bail — texted the woman and asked to see his child, and she agreed, police said.

While at the home, Ritter pulled out a handgun, unloaded it and made several comments that he was "tired of everything" and "wanted to end it," charging documents state. He left after some discussion, police said.

But police said he returned to the woman's home five hours later and somehow broke in.

The woman told police she awoke in her bed about 8 a.m. to find Ritter standing over her and pressing a 9 mm handgun against her head, according to charging documents.

He threatened to kill her, saying, "We can both go right now," documents allege. He then ran from her home, according to police.

Online court records indicate that Ritter pleaded no contest to simple assault. and his other charges of burglary, carrying a firearm without a license, retaliation against a witness and terroristic threats, were dismissed. He was sentenced to 11½ to 23 months in York County Prison, with credit for the 268 days he had already served.

Bethune was charged in December 2017 with cocaine possession with intent to deliver, conspiracy to commit that offense and receiving stolen property after police raided a Springettsbury Township home, according to officials.

Authorities seized two stolen handguns, cocaine packaged for resale and drug-packaging materials, police said.

His case is tentatively scheduled to go to trial in September.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.