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Press Release

Peabody Man Sentenced to Prison for Drug Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Peabody man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for trafficking in fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine.

Donald Ruby, 55, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Angel Kelley to 27 months in prison and two years of supervised release. Ruby was also ordered to forfeit $28,110 which was previously seized during a search of his Peabody apartment. On Jan. 13, 2023 Ruby pleaded guilty to three counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance involving 40 grams or more of fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine.

Ruby was arrested in May 2022 after he had distributed fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine in a number of separate controlled purchases at his home. A subsequent search of Ruby’s residence in Peabody resulted in the seizure of 85 grams of fentanyl disguised as counterfeit oxycodone pills, 132 grams of methamphetamine disguised as counterfeit Adderall pills and 85.3 grams of powder cocaine. It was later revealed that Ruby had been trafficking fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine for a decade.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division made the announcement today. Valuable assistance in the investigation was provided by the Peabody Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney David G. Tobin of Levy’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.  

Updated June 8, 2023

Drug Trafficking