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Traffic stop nets arrests for controlled substance violations

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

Victor Thomas Jacob Runge

Victor Thomas Jacob Runge

Murphy, NC— In conjunction with a traffic stop, 19 year old Victor Thomas Jacob Runge of Marble, North Carolina, 21 year old Nicholas Gage Hampton of Blue Ridge, Georgia and 34 year old Tabitha Nicole Parker of Andrews, North Carolina were arrested for possession of controlled substances which included methamphetamine.

On June 5, 2014, deputies from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle in which Runge, Hampton and Parker were occupying.  During the stop, items of narcotic paraphernalia and bags of methamphetamine were observed in the passenger area of the vehicle. Once at the Cherokee County Detention Center, it was discovered that Hampton had hidden bags of methamphetamine inside his person.

Nicholas Gage Hampton

Nicholas Gage Hampton

Nicholas Hampton was charged with Felony Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell and Distribute, Possession of a Controlled Substance on Prison/Jail Premises and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Tabitha Parker was charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Victor Runge was charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The Magistrate gave all three secured bonds for $25,000.00 and they are currently being detained the Cherokee County Detention Center with a June 24th, 2014 Cherokee County District Court date.

Tabitha Nichole Parker

Tabitha Nichole Parker

Sheriff Lovin stated “The fine work by the Deputies of my office show our continued resolve in waging a very tough war against methamphetamine as well as other dangerous drugs in Cherokee County. Mr. Hampton is fortunate today because had the bags of methamphetamine in which he had been hiding leaked before he was able to remove them the consequences could have been deadly. Again I compliment a dedicated team of officers both on the road and at the detention center.”

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

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