Hermiston Woman Faces Drug Charges After Passing Out in Vehicle

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A Hermiston woman is facing felony drug charges after she was found passed out in her vehicle by a Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) deputy.

Ruby Sanders

On Saturday morning, Deputy Cody Marcum discovered Ruby Sanders, a 45-year-old female from Hermiston, passed out in the driver’s seat of a vehicle that was parked illegally at Short Stop on E. Punkin Center Road and Highway 207 in Hermiston.

UCSO Lt. Sterrin Ward said Marcum was concerned for her medical condition and knocked on the window but got no response. He also banged on the top of the car which resulted in her moving, opening her eyes and gaining consciousness.

When questioned, Sanders allegedly admitted that she was using methamphetamine and told Marcum she had more drugs in her purse. She also said there was a warrant out for her arrest. Dispatch confirmed a felony no-bail warrant out of Oregon State Parole Board.

According to  Ward, Sanders identified her purse and the drugs and paraphernalia that were found by Marcum, which allegedly included multiple baggies and containers with approximately 40 grams of meth, a quantity of M-30 pills (fentanyl), small baggies with brown heroin, a digital scale, small zip-lock baggies, and $593 in cash.

Sanders was lodged in the Umatilla County Jail on the felony warrant, along with charges for possession and delivery of all three substances.

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