SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - The girlfriend of a former custodian at Catawba College who is now facing serious drug charges is on the run, according to authorities.
The Rowan County Sheriff's Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are trying to find Melanie Ann Pruitt, 39, who is wanted on federal drug charges following her indictment in the Middle District of North Carolina.
Pruitt and her boyfriend, Robin Lee Guest, 50, were initially arrested on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, following a series of undercover purchases of methamphetamine "Ice" which had been shipped to Salisbury from California through the United States Postal Service, according to a report at the Rowan Sheriff's Office.
Investigators say that on July 17, July 26, August 25, September 8, September 22, and October 9, 2014, investigators working undercover were able to purchase large amounts of methamphetamine from Guest.
These transactions are alleged to have occurred at 130 North Park Drive in Salisbury, and on at least two occasions, Guest was assisted in the operation by Pruitt, also a resident of 130 North Park Drive.
At the time Guest was working as a custodian for Catawba College and the house is directly across the street from several dorms.
Guest has also been indicted on federal drug charges and is presently in federal custody.
Both Guest and Pruitt are convicted felons, according to investigators. Guest has a lengthy criminal record in California, while Pruitt has a record and is currently facing habitual felony charges in Rowan County.
Pruitt also has previous felony convictions for financial card theft and three counts of possession of cocaine.
Students who lived nearby and who had frequent contact with Guest were surprised to witness the drug raid in October.
"I see 4, 5 vehicles in there, a bunch of guys, busted in the door and I was really kind of confused as to what was going on because we see him around campus a ton," student Zack Griffis told WBTV. "Just kind of caught me off guard because you saw their big police vests and it caught us off guard that it happened this close to campus."
"He's a nice guy, we've got know him a little bit, but uh, like he said, that caught us off guard," added student Tyler Rutherford. "It's a little unexpected, but also, there has been some activity that we've seen in the past that has been a little shady, suspicious, I guess, but unexpected would probably be a good word for it."
WBTV contacted Catawba College when Guest and Pruitt were originally arrested in October to ask about the charges and the status of the employee.
Guest had been suspended from his job initially, but has since been terminated and is no longer employed by Catawba College, according to the school's Public Relations office.
No other comments were made, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.
According to investigators, there was no indication or evidence that showed involvement of Catawba College staff or any students.
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 encouraged to call the Rowan County Sheriff's Office at (704) 216-8700, or Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.