A Madison man faces drug dealing charges following a controlled buy conducted by police last year.

Brian U. James, 42, faces Level 4 felony counts of conspiracy to deal methamphetamine and dealing methamphetamine. Prosecutors filed charges Thursday morning in Jefferson Superior Court.

A probable cause affidavit in the case stated James was at a home during a controlled buy conducted by a confidential informant. He also was present while other people and the confidential informant handled a plastic bag containing a white substance.

Another person at the home handed the bag containing the white substance to James to tie at one point, but he handed the bag and substance to someone else.

The substance later tested positive at the Indiana State Police Laboratory as methamphetamine with a weight of 2.19 grams.

Two other people involved in the controlled buy were arrested on drug dealing charges last year, the affidavit stated.

Madison Police arrested James Thursday around 8 p.m. on an active warrant in the case.

James appeared for an initial hearing in Jefferson Superior Court Friday afternoon where he entered a preliminary plea of not guilty to the charges.

He was released from the jail on his own recognizance after being released from the hospital following a medical emergency during the hearing.