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East Coast Wings employees arrested for selling pills, pot while at work

Emanuel Ruffin, left, and Donnell Perry (Photos courtesy of Beaufort County Sheriff's Office)

WASHINGTON, Beaufort County - Two East Coast Wings employees were arrested May 12 for selling marijuana and pills while at the restaurant, the Beaufort County Sheriff's office announced on Wednesday.

Emanuel Ruffin, 30, of Chocowinity, and Donnell Perry, 28, of Washington were arrested and booked into the Beaufort County Detention Center on $40,000 and $6,000 secured bonds, respectively. Ruffin was charged with two counts of trafficking in opiates, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, while Perry was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Investigators received a complaint that Ruffin was involved in the distribution of marijuana and pain pills, which triggered the investigation. Before his arrest, investigators bought pain pills from Ruffin at East Coast Wings, learning he was employed there and had allegedly conducted other drug transaction with employees and customers.

The arrests of Ruffin and Perry were made on May 12 following surveillance of the two at East Coast Wings conducting drug transactions, police said. BCSO said further arrests are expected in the case.

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