Heroin Traffickers Arrested in Multi Agency Investigation


On Friday, September 11, 2020 investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Group (SEG) seized 7.5 ounces of heroin during a traffic stop along Hwy 16 South in Catawba County. 6.5 pounds of marijuana was also seized during that encounter.

Jessica Amber Ruch (34 yoa) of Newton, the driver of the vehicle in question, was arrested and has been charged with Trafficking in Heroin, Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana, Maintaining A Vehicle to Transport a Controlled Substance, Felony Possession of Marijuana, Conspiracy to Traffic in Opium, Conspiracy to Sell Marijuana and Failure to Yield for Blue Light and Siren. Ruch received a secured bond of $200,000.00 and has a first appearance on Monday, September 14, 2020 in Catawba County District Court.

Floyd Gibbs III, allegedly conspiring with Ruch, has also been arrested in conjunction with this investigation.  Gibbs III has been charged with Conspiracy to Traffic in Heroin and Conspiracy to Sell and Deliver Marijuana. Gibbs received a $100,000.00 secured bond and has a court date on 09/15/2020 in Catawba County District Court.

This is an ongoing investigation worked in conjunction with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Gastonia Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Newton Police Department. This investigation is expected to yield more arrests.

Sheriff Brown: “Another example of law enforcement agencies working together to take dangerous drugs and the people who sell them off of our streets. We thank our law enforcement partners for their hard work in this investigation.”

Author: Margaret Beveridge