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A man has been charged with bringing drugs into the Montana Women’s Prison and coordinating payments for other drugs mailed to prison inmates.

Douglas Giordon Kirby, 66, faces two counts of attempting to transfer illegal articles, a felony, and a single count of felony drug possession. Kirby was scheduled to appear in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Thursday.

Kirby is accused of coordinating the payment from two prison inmates for drugs they received from a dealer in California. The drugs were mailed in the form of Suboxone strips pasted onto envelopes and covered with a postage stamp, as well as liquid meth sprayed onto pages of paper inside the envelope.

Kirby is identified as the friend and former employer of one of the inmates, Heather Byerly, charged in January in the drug scheme.

In a separate case filed Thursday, Kirby is accused of bringing in five pills containing codeine on a visit in October to see Byerly. The pills were discovered when prison officials conducted a search of Kirby prior to his visit.


Justice Reporter

Justice reporter for the Billings Gazette.