Woman arrested for drug possession, distribution

By on Saturday, November 21st, 2020 in Columbia Basin News Columbia Basin Top Stories

HERMISTON – A Umatilla County Sheriff’s deputy arrested a woman on narcotics charges Saturday after trying to aid her when he found her passed out in a vehicle in the Short Stop parking lot on East Punkin Center Road near Hermiston. Ruby Sanders, 45, of Hermiston was also found to have a no-bail felony warrant out for her arrest by the Oregon State Parole Board.

The deputy, worried that Sanders was presenting a medical emergency, banged on the car until she responded.  At that time she indicated she had used methamphetamine and when asked where the meth was, she indicated it was in her purse.

She was found to be in possession of multiple baggies and containers containing an estimated 40 grams of methamphetamine, an unknown amount of fentanyl pills, small baggies containing brown heroin, a digital scale, and more than $500 in cash.

In addition to the no-bail warrant, Sanders has been charged with possession and delivery of methamphetamine and heroin, and possession of fentanyl. Her preliminary bail on those charges is set at $230,000.