Investigation of detective prompts prosecutors to drop drug charges

March 30, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Prosecutors dropped cocaine and assault charges yesterday against a Westminster man because one of the arresting police officers -- a material witness -- is suspended and under investigation by the state attorney general.

Prosecutor Theresa M. Adams, assistant state's attorney, said yesterday that she decided not to prosecute Charles E. Fisher Jr., 21, of the first block of Union St. because Officer Richard A. Ruby, a Westminster detective, is not available as a witness.

Ruby has been accused by two police officers of trying to plant drugs on suspects in July. He has not been charged and is being paid while awaiting conclusion of the state attorney general's investigation.

According to Carroll Circuit Court records, Ruby and Detective Chris Outten reported seeing a drug transaction among three men near a tree on Union Street on June 13. The officers reported finding three vials of crack cocaine hidden in the tree and Ruby alleged that Fisher became unruly and kneed him during the arrest.

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