- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A magistrate judge has accepted the plea deal of one of five people accused of playing a part in a drug-smuggling scheme at Montana State Prison.

Cordero Metzker pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch set sentencing for Oct. 27.

Three other defendants have plea agreements pending.

Prosecutors say Metzker arranged to have two women in Tennessee mail methamphetamine and Suboxone to a prison laundry worker between April and August 2015.

They say the worker smuggled the drugs into the prison and delivered them to Metzker’s friend, inmate Ian Scott Barclay.

Barclay is the only one of the five defendants without a plea deal with prosecutors. His attorney says he is also likely to reach an agreement.

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