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Murphy pair charged with controlled substance violations

The following news release has been issued by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.  All suspects are presumed guilty in a court of law.

Heather Nicole Ramsey

Heather Nicole Ramsey

Murphy, NC— Heather Nicole Ramsey, a 35 year old Murphy North Carolina woman was arrested by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Deputies on June 01st, 2014 for several controlled substance violations including trafficking in opium and methamphetamine. Additionally Michael Wickline, a 23 year old Murphy North Carolina man was charged for possession of methamphetamine.

On 06/01/2014, deputies from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, were conducting a license check point on Joe Brown Highway in front of Graves Grocery when a pickup truck, driven by Michael Wickline and occupied by Heather Ramsey drove up to the checkpoint.

During the check, consent was given to search the vehicle. At that time a significant quantity of controlled substances including methamphetamine was found.

Wickline and Ramsey were arrested and transported to the Cherokee County Jail.

During the booking process of Ramsey, a significant quantity of opiates that Ramsey had hidden on her person, was discovered.

Michael Ray Wickline

Michael Ray Wickline

Ramsey was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Controlled Substances in a Confinement Facility, Possession of Methamphetamine, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Trafficking in Opium or Heroin, Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance, and given a $56,000.00 secure bond and is currently being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center awaiting a June 24th, 2014 District Court Date.

Wickline was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Wickline is currently in the Cherokee County Detention Center on a $6,000.00 secure bond and also has a June 24th, 2014 District Court Date.

Sheriff Lovin stated “We continually patrol our county roads in an effort to deter the drug menace that Cherokee County is currently facing. This was some good old fashioned police work that took two individuals off the street, one of which, Ramsey, was out on bond for similar charges. My office continually encourages citizen participation in our fight against illegal drug use in Cherokee County.”

Citizens are encouraged to report known or suspected violations of the law by calling 911, 828-837-1344 or emailing

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