Pro Wrestler Set to Enter Plea on Drug Charges
Professional wrestling champion Jeff Hardy will enter a negotiated plea Jan. 20, according to his attorney, James Van Camp.
"We anticipate a resolution of this matter in January," Van Camp said at an administrative session of Moore County Superior Court earlier this month.
According to District Attorney Maureen Krueger, that will mean a plea of guilty to one or more of the drug charges he faces. She would not go into details of the state's plea offer but confirmed that it did include a sentencing arrangement.
As a result, the plea would have to be approved by the court. A judge may - and many on occasion do - refuse to accept a plea arrangement when it includes a negotiated sentence.
Hardy, 32, and his brother, Matt - wrestling as the Hardy Boyz - were six-time World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) World Tag Team Champions. Individually, Jeff Hardy held the WWE World Champion belt at one time and the World Heavyweight Championship twice.
Moore County sheriff's deputies arrested Hardy in September 2009 after a tip led to a search warrant for his residence on Camp Easter Road. The search turned up more than 260 Vicodin prescription pills, 180 Soma noncontrolled prescription pills, 555 milliliters of anabolic steroids, a residual amount of powder cocaine and drug paraphernalia, according to Sheriff Lane Carter.
Vicodin and anabolic steroids are schedule III controlled substances in North Carolina. The estimated street value of the drugs seized was $2,500, according to the Sheriff's Office.
In May, Hardy was indicted for conspiracy to traffic opium, a serious felony.
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