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Plea deal in the works for suspect in prison drug case

A man facing charges for trying to walk into prison with drugs, is nearing a plea deal.

Cameron Glen Monkman, 31, started serving a prison sentence with prison guards allegedly finding drugs on him.

He faces three charges of possession of a controlled substance including crystal meth and cocaine. The charges were laid by Red Deer RCMP after Red Deer Remand Centre staff found the drugs while being processed.

Police said they found 8.5 grams of crystal meth and 5.6 grams of cocaine.

Monkman was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison on May 22, 2015. The sentence came from his guilty pleas for a minor role in a June 3, 2013 attempted murder near Benalto.

He was surrendered into custody and was to start serving his sentence that day. However, guards at the Remand Centre found the drugs and started the investigation. The charges were laid on Nov. 19, 2015.

On Thursday in Red Deer provincial court, defence counsel Greg Gordon asked for a two week adjournment as a plea arrangement is being worked out between the Crown and Monkman’s counsel.

Monkman is currently a serving prisoner at the Drummheller Institute.

Monkman was first arrested with Danny Huddlestone, 37, and charged in relation to the Benalto attempted murder.

Huddlestone is serving a seven-year sentence for his role in the incident.

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