East Coast Wings employees charged with selling drugs at restaurant

BEAUFORT COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Two restaurant employees are doing their shifts in jail after being arrested for selling drugs at work.

Ruffin / Perry

Emanuel Ruffin, 30, of Chocowinity, is charged with two counts of trafficking in opiates, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested for possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia was Donnell Perry, 28, of Washington.

Beaufort County deputies say both were employees of East Coast Wings in Washington.

The arrests came after complaints that Ruffin was distributing marijuana and prescription pain meds, so drug investigators set up a buy at the restaurant. During the buy, they learned the man worked at the restaurant and saw others arrive and conduct drug transactions with Ruffin and other employees.

Deputies then set up surveillance at the West 15th Street business where they say they witnessed Ruffin and Perry sell drugs to a man.

When they approached the two men while inside a vehicle, deputies found marijuana packaged for resale and digital scales.

Ruffin was jailed on a $40,000 secured bond, while Perry's bond was set at $6,000.

Deputies say more arrests are expected.

When contacted today, the restaurant said "no comment" and hung up.