Hickory Woman Enters Plea For Multiple Drug Offenses

Angela Deneice James, 43, of Hickory, will serve an active prison sentence of almost seven to 10 years following her conviction for multiple drug offenses during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.

The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the terms of the plea arrangement after James entered her guilty plea.

James pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamine by possession and was given a sentence of 70 to 93 months followed by an additional 10 to 21 months for possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine.

She will be required to pay a mandatory fine of $50,000 for the trafficking conviction.

Additionally, James was sentenced to serve eight to 19 months for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. She was given a sentence of 19 to 32 months for conspiracy to sell/deliver methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine. Those active sentences will be served concurrently with the sentence for the trafficking conviction.

The defendant will serve her period of incarceration in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

The offenses James pleaded to occurred between November 7, 2020, and March 8, 2021, at various locations in the Hickory area.

The cases were investigated by officers with Hickory Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Hayden Duncan handled prosecution for the State with assistance from Britnee Ulsamer.