POLK COUNTY, NC – Two people from Mountain Home, NC were arrested Thursday on multiple charges after a vehicle search by Polk County Sheriff’s Office revealed methamphetamine and a stolen gun. According to a sheriff’s office news release, deputies encountered a suspicious vehicle on Highway 108 just east of Columbus and they approached the vehicle after it had stopped at a convenience store.
Deputies made contact with the occupants inside the vehicle, who seemed nervous and evasive. A sheriff’s office K-9 unit was called in and alerted to the vehicle.
A search revealed methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and handgun inside the vehicle. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies learned that the handgun was reported stolen from Florida.
Mance Lee Ruvolo, 39, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance, possessing a stolen firearm, providing fictitious information to an officer, driving while license revoked and possession drug paraphernalia.
Ruvolo was taken to the Polk County jail, where he was being held on $25,000 bond.
Mariah Gail Ellis, 22, was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance, possessing a stolen firearm, providing fictitious information to an office and possessing of drug paraphernalia.
Ellis was taken to the jail, where she was being held on $22,000 bond.