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Ryan Richard Vorda.
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Brian Robert Redmond.

Cherokee County, N.C., authorities joined up with North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the North Carolina Highway Patrol in a probe that landed two Georgia men behind bars on drug trafficking charges.

Sheriff Derrick Palmer said in a statement that 67-year-old Brian Robert Redmond and 36-year-old Ryan Richard Vorda, both of Cumming, Ga., were suspected of trafficking methamphetamine and possession of other controlled substances.

Narcotics investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office worked in conjunction with the NCSBI and highway patrol following information that Redmond and Vorda had made several trips to Cherokee County for the purpose of delivering controlled substances, Palmer said.

During the investigation a traffic stop was made on the vehicle occupied by Redmond and Vorda and authorities found "a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine, ecstasy, heroin and cocaine along with items that are used in the illegal distribution of controlled substances were seized," Palmer said.

Redmond was charged with possession of methamphetamine and maintain place controlled substance under a $2,500 secure bond.

Vorda was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, maintain place controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver heroin, possession of heroin, felony possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance on jail or prison premises. Vorda is held on a $100,000 secure bond.

"We appreciate working with our State partners in taking some more drugs off the streets. This was a good sized seizure that will make a dent in the local drug traffic. We encourage everyone including the public to partner with us," Palmer said in the statement.

Anyone with information on this crime or any other is asked to report it by calling the department's anonymous tip line at 828-837-1344 or email a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov or call 911 if you observe a crime in progress, the sheriff said.

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