Nneka Thompson


By Beth Lawrence


A Swain County woman is facing trafficking charges after Sylva Police say they found drugs in her possession during a traffic stop.

Nneka Santana Thompson, 29, of Cherokee was arrested for one felony count each of trafficking opium/heroin by possession and trafficking opium/heroin by transport and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thompson was a passenger in a 2003 Ford Bronco pulled over for running a red light on Asheville Highway near O’Malley’s Pub and Grill at 2 p.m. July 27, Sylva Police Chief Chris Hatton said.

During the stop officers found probable cause to search the vehicle and its occupants.

“Our officers suspected illegal drug activity, and they investigated those suspicions during the stop,” he said.

During the search, officers allegedly found somewhere between four and 14 grams of heroin and a hypodermic needle.

“The drugs were located on Thompson’s person,” Hatton said.

No one else in the vehicle was arrested as a result of the stop.

Hatton could release few details because the case is still under investigation.

Trafficking heroin in amounts between four and 14 grams is a Class F felony and is punishable by a minimum of 70 months and a maximum of 93 months in prison.

Thompson is being held in the Jackson County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond.