Rowan couple faces meth-related charges

A Rowan County man who worked for Catawba College has been charged in a California-to-North Carolina methamphetamine ring.

Authorities said, however, that no college staff members or students were involved in the alleged meth operation that led to the arrests of Robin Lee Guest and girlfriend Melanie Ann Pruitt last week.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said a three-month investigation ended with the arrest of Guest, 50, and Pruitt, 38, each of Salisbury. They lived at a North Park Drive home that is owned by Catawba College, and authorities said Guest worked in housekeeping at the school.

Investigators allege that Guest received packages of methamphetamine “ice” through the U.S. Postal Service from California and then distributed the drugs in the Salisbury area. The Sheriff’s Office said agents bought meth from Guest on July 17, July 26, Aug. 25, Sept. 8, Sept. 22 and Oct. 9.

Guest was taken into custody Tuesday while working at the college, and Pruitt was arrested at the North Park Drive residence. Deputies said they found her hiding in a closet.

Guest was charged with four counts of trafficking in methamphetamine by sale and possession; three counts of possession of methamphetamine; three counts of sale of methamphetamine; five counts of maintaining a residence for keeping and selling controlled substances; and two counts of conspiracy to sell methamphetamine. He was jailed under $250,000 bond.

Pruitt was charged with two counts of conspiracy and one count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. Her bond was set at $21,000.

Deputies said they seized about 5 ounces of methamphetamine and $31,000 in the arrest of Guest.