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Brothers plead guilty to meth distribution charge

October 14th, 2012 7:56 pm by Wes Bunch

ABINGDON — An Elizabethton man and his brother pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Abingdon this week to attempting to introduce methamphetamine into a federal penitentiary in 2010.


Scotty Ruble, 33, of Elizabethton, pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute and distributing a controlled substance, while his brother — William Jason Ruble, 35, U.S. Penitentiary Lee County — also pleaded guilty to the same charge.


The two brothers had been scheduled to face a jury trial in October on a total of seven drug- and conspiracy-related counts, but instead entered into a plea agreement on the single distribution count with prosecutors.


According to court records, William Ruble was an inmate at USP Lee when the incident occurred sometime between Aug. 29 and Sept. 2, 2010.


Prosecutors said Scotty Ruble sneaked five grams of methamphetamine into the medium security prison facility during visitation and gave it to his brother.


Scotty Ruble was arrested on July 7, 2012.


Both men are scheduled for sentencing in Abingdon on Jan. 4, 2013, by federal Judge James P. Jones.


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