Tuesday, 12 September 2017 11:23

Three Lincoln County Residents Sentenced on Drug Charges

from left:  Jimmie Leonard Ward, Jr., Betsy Carpenter Fredell & James Steven Fredell from left: Jimmie Leonard Ward, Jr., Betsy Carpenter Fredell & James Steven Fredell courtesy of Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office

During the week of September 4, 42-year-old Jimmie Leonard Ward, Jr. of Cherryville, 33-year-old Betsy Carpenter Fredell of Vale and 39-year-old James Steven Fredell of Vale were all sentenced to prison on multiple drug charges in Lincoln County Superior Court.  All three were arrested by the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit in 2016.  The Honorable Forrest Bridges handed out the sentences after all three entered guilty pleas.

In the Fredells’ case, Narcotics Detectives charged the pair for their involvement in selling a trafficking amount of opioid pain pills to an Undercover Detective.  In Ward’s case, Detectives arrested the individual during the execution of a search warrant.  The suspect, a convicted felon, was in possession of a firearm.  Detectives also seized over a half-ounce of methamphetamine.  

Ward was convicted on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to sell & deliver meth and possession of meth.  He was also sentenced as an habitual felon.  Ward was given an active sentence of 103-to-136 months active in the N.C. Department of Corrections.

Betsy Fredell was convicted on three felony counts of trafficking in opiates, conspiring to traffic opiates, possession with the intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.  She was given an active sentence of 70-to-93 months.

James Fredell was convicted on two felony counts of trafficking opiates.  He was also given an active sentence of 70-to-93 months.

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