ERWIN — Two Johnson City women were arrested Wednesday evening by Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department officers after they solicited sex to an undercover officer as part of a sting operation.
Brenda Sue Wix, 40, 802 E. Watauga Ave., and Christy Atheleene Ruble, 33, 140 Hill Road, were each charged with one count of prostitution. Wix also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to an affidavit written by UCSD K-9 Deputy Nick Hughes, officers had received information the two women were coming to a local hotel and trading sex for money and drugs. Officers then planned to conduct a sting and arranged for the women to come to the motel.
Around 6 p.m. Wednesday, Wix and Ruble pulled into the motel’s parking lot, and one of the women got out of the car and went to the undercover officer’s room, according to the affidavit.
The woman and the officer began discussing the transaction and, eventually, both women agreed on a price of $100 for 30 minutes with each of them, according to the affidavit.
“At that time, the undercover officer counted out $100 of marked U.S. currency and laid it on the table for the females,” the affidavit states. “At that time they started talking more about what was going to happen. At that time the undercover officer opened the door and gave the code for the surveillance team to move in.”
Wix told officers she had two crack pipes in her purse and an empty plastic bag that had contained crack, according to the affidavit.
Ruble and Wix were transported and booked in the Unicoi County Jail following their arrests.
Both women pleaded guilty to the charges against them Thursday morning in Unicoi County Sessions Court. Each was given one year of probation and ordered to pay a $50 fine plus court costs. After her plea to the possession of drug paraphernalia charge, Wix was ordered to pay an additional $250 plus court costs.