A Marion woman charged last year with having meth on two separate occasions – one of which during a vehicle wreck – was given at almost six years in prison in McDowell County Superior Court.

Joanna Kaye Julius, 34, address listed as Thunder Hill Drive in Marion, was found guilty of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance. On the first charge, she was sentenced to 70 to 93 months (or 5.8 to 7.75 years) in prison, given credit for 23 days time served and fined $50,000.

On the latter two charges, Julius received a six to 17 month suspended sentence and 30 months of supervised probation to run consecutive to the previous judgment. She must pay a court-appointed attorney $3,360 and must pay court costs.

Shortly after midnight on Feb. 24, 2018, Deputy Aaron Vallini of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Zion Hill Baptist Church. He arrived on the scene to find a woman, later identified as Julius, asleep in her car with the engine running.

A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up over 10 grams of methamphetamine and several items of drug paraphernalia.

Two months later on May 20, Deputy Jesse Hicks of the Sheriff’s Office assisted N.C. State Highway Patrol troopers at a wreck on Tom’s Creek Road.

Julius was found to be one of the suspects in the vehicle. A subsequent search of the suspect and the car turned up 42 grams of methamphetamine.

Julius was later charged, taken into custody under a $75,000 bond on the recent charges and indicted on all charges last September.

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