Deputies: Ellerbe man sold fake meth


ROCKINGHAM — Deputies with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office recently charged a man after they say he tried to pass off fake drugs.

According to an arrest warrant, 28-year-old Steven Anthony Ruby, of 5th Street in Ellerbe, sold a confidential informant what was supposed to be meth, but instead was a “crystal-like substance that was not indeed methamphetamine.”

The incident took place between June 21 and July 28, the latter being the date of his arrest, the warrant shows.

Ruby is charged with one felony count each of selling or delivering a counterfeit controlled substance and possession with intent to sell or deliver a counterfeit controlled substance.

He was booked into the Richmond County Jail on a $1,000 secured bond and released on bail Aug. 1, documents show.

Ruby is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 11 and has no other pending charges, according to online court records.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Ruby has no prior convictions in the state.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

William R. Toler

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