Before officers could search suspected methamphetamine dealer Shelby Ruhland, he pleaded with them not to take him to jail, according to court testimony.
Ruhland, 38, faced charges of intent to distribute meth, possession of drug related objects, driving while license suspended and illegal parking during a Friday morning Recorder's Court hearing.
An officer told the court he noticed Ruhland's vehicle in an clearly marked "No Parking" area at the Manchester Expressway Golden Donut at about 9 p.m. There were several open parking spots in the lot, making it unclear why Ruhland chose to park there.
When he approached the vehicle, Ruhland began shaking, repeatedly saying that he "did not want to go to jail." Given Ruhland's reaction, the officer searched him and located a box containing a small glass pipe, several baggies and 2.5 grams of meth. The meth was valued at $250, the officer told the court.
Once in custody, Ruhland told police that he only sold the drug to make some money on the side, according to testimony.
He was taken to Muscogee County Jail, where he remains. His bond amount was not immediately available.