- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

HAVRE, Mont. (AP) - A former Montana State University-Northern basketball player and admissions specialist has pleaded no contest to several charges in a drug case that came to light after a package of marijuana was mailed to his residence from California.

KOJM-AM reports (http://bit.ly/onmnOO ) Joe Simpson II entered his pleas Monday via video to felony charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and a forfeiture charge along with two misdemeanor counts of possession of dangerous drugs and a drug paraphernalia charge.

District Judge Dan Boucher asked attorney Lindsey Lorang why her client was pleading no contest instead of guilty. She said he was concerned a guilty plea might lead to federal charges.

The plea agreement calls for a deferred sentence. Simpson also must forfeit a gun and $11,500 in cash. Sentencing is set for Sept. 8.

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Information from: KOJM-AM, http://www.kojm.com

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