- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A man affiliated with a militia group was sentenced to five years in prison in a police sting in which he and two others thought they were stealing cocaine from smugglers.

Robert Deatherage previously pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

Authorities say Deatherage and two other men stole drugs from an SUV that authorities had stocked with cocaine as part of the 2015 sting.

They say the sting was arranged after one of the other men involved portrayed himself to an undercover officer as a mercenary who had stolen drugs from smugglers.

The two other men have already pleaded guilty in the case.

One was sentenced to seven years in prison, while the other is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 27.

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