Sumiton police nab suspected drug dealer at his home
by Rachel Davis
Feb 02, 2013 | 7705 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Phillip Wayne Ruth
Phillip Wayne Ruth
SUMITON — Sumiton police arrested Phillip Wayne Ruth, 46, of Sumiton, on Friday afternoon on charges of illegal distribution of a controlled substance.

Ruth, who was previously employed by the Chevron on Main Street in Sumiton, was allegedly dealing controlled substances from that location.

Sumiton police also filed for an enhancement of the arrest warrant because state law increases the penalties for distribution near a school or housing authority. The location in question is within a three-mile radius of both a school and housing authority.

If convicted, illegal distribution of a controlled substance is a Class B felony, which carries a two to 20 year sentence and up to $30,000 in fines.

The enhanced charge would mean a mandatory five-year addition to any sentence imposed if Ruth is convicted on the charges.

“Sumiton Police Department takes the selling of drugs near schools very seriously,” Narcotics Investigator Kris Price said.

Ruth was arrested at his home on Robbins Street in Sumiton.

Sumiton police said they do anticipate more arrests in this continuing investigation into illegal narcotics sales in the city.

Anyone with information regarding narcotics sales in the city is asked to contact Price at (205) 648-3261 or via text (205) 234-5045.