Rowan, SBI officials looking for woman facing federal drug trafficking charges

Published 11:13 pm Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and the SBI are looking for a Salisbury woman indicted on federal drug charges. The woman was charged along with her boyfriend in October following a series of undercover purchases of methamphetamine.

Authorities say Melanie Ann Pruitt, 39, and boyfriend, Robin Lee Guest, 50, from July to October sold large amounts of meth to undercover investigators. Officials said the two shipped the drugs from Salisbury to California through the U.S. Postal Service.

According to information from Catawba College, Guest worked for the college, but was first suspended from his job, then terminated. He rented a house from the college, but was evicted after his arrest.


Guest has been indicted on federal drug charges and is presently in federal custody. Guest was arrested on the campus of Catawba College, while Pruitt was arrested inside the residence, hiding in a closet.

Pruitt has pending charges in Rowan County Superior Court on a charge of habitual felon. She also has previous felony convictions for financial card theft and three counts of possession of cocaine.

A total of 155 grams of methamphetamine “ice” valued at $31,000 were seized.

During the course of the investigation, officers received assistance from the High Point Police Department, Salisbury Police Department and Catawba College.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office is offering up to $1,000 in reward money for information leading to Pruitt’s arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at (704) 216-8700.