A Hickory, North Carolina woman has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

According to U.S. Attorney John Bales, 27-year-old Chelsea Elizabeth McDowell pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

According to information presented in court, up until January 29, 2011, McDowell conspired with others to assist in transporting methamphetamine and money obtained from selling drugs to East Texas. McDowell admitted to being responsible for distributing approximately 15 kilograms of methamphetamine to others in East Texas. A federal indictment was returned on Aril 11, of this year, charging McDowell and others with federal drug crimes.

McDowell faces at least 10 years and up to life in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.