- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A 28-year-old Billings man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for his role in smuggling drugs into the Montana State Prison.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen sentenced Cordero Robert Metzker on Thursday.

Metzker earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. Prosecutors said he was one of five people involved in a scheme get methamphetamine and suboxone - a drug used to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal - into the prison.

Prosecutors say Metzker arranged to have two women in Tennessee mail the drugs to prison laundry worker Erin Bernhardt between April and August 2015. Bernhardt smuggled the drugs onto the prison and gave them to Metzker’s friend, inmate Ian Scott Barclay.

All five co-defendants reached plea agreements with prosecutors.

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