A Citrus County couple arrested a year ago by Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies on multiple drug charges now face long prison sentences.

In March 2020, deputies arrested and charged Devona Ruiz (aka Cinderella) then 42, and Eric Pazian, then 28.

This week, Citrus County Judge Richard Howard handed Ruiz a 35-year-long prison sentence and Parian also 35 years, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

In 2020, deputies executed a search warrant to search a room at the Best Western  in Crystal River and found 80 grams of heroin/fentanyl mix, 16 grams of methamphetamine, more than 15 grams of cocaine, 29 Xanax pills, six hydrocodone pills, four amphetamine pills, MDMA (ecstasy) pills, crack cocaine, drug manufacturing equipment, and $5,500 in cash, according to the CCSO.

Deputies charged Ruiz with one count of trafficking in heroin, one count of trafficking in methamphetamine, one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, four counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of plant/grow/harvest/manufacture controlled substance/drug paraphernalia, one count of lease/rent a place or structure for the purpose of trafficking, one count of possession of cannabis (less than 20 grams), and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies reported finding heroin, fentanyl, cocaine meth, and MDMA during the search of the hotel room that was associated with Pazian. He was also charged.

Both had long felony conviction records prior to their most recent arrest, according to the CCSO.

Contact Chronicle reporter Fred Hiers at fred.hiers@chronicleonline.com or 352-397-5914.

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