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HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — A man and woman are behind bars facing drug charges after deputies say they found the two passed out inside a car with the engine still running.

Pender County deputies say they discovered the pair just before 11 p.m. last night when responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle parked on Hillview Drive in Hampstead. That’s where they say Nicholas Paul Runkel and Crystal Nicole Sandlin, both of Hampstead, were passed out inside the vehicle.

Deputies say Runkel faces a slew of drug charges, including possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver of heroin, MDA, MDMA and controlled substances. He is in the Pender County Jail under $50,000 bond.

They also arrested Sandlin, who is charged with DWI. She is also in jail in Pender County under $1,000 bond.


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