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MISSOULA — A former Montana State Prison guard was sentenced to three years and one month in prison for trying to smuggle marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine into the prison.

District Judge Donald Molloy also ordered Michael Short, 50, of Anaconda, to forfeit $4,500 in cash, his pickup truck and two guns.

Short pleaded guilty to attempted possession with intent to distribute marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine, and to being a drug user in possession of a firearm.

Prosecutors said they learned from a confidential informant that Short had been smuggling contraband, such as tobacco, into the prison and that he intended to start smuggling illegal drugs into the facility.

Short was arrested in July 2005, after the second of two sting operations in which he agreed to smuggle drugs into the prison in exchange for money.

In the first, Short picked up a package of what he believed was a quarter-pound of marijuana and a half-ounce of crystal meth and delivered it to the confidential source at the prison. A few days later, Short agreed to deliver a package of marijuana, meth and heroin to the prison. He was arrested after receiving the package from someone posing as the brother of the confidential source.

Court records said Short admitted smuggling tobacco and what he believed were drugs into the prison. He also admitted he had used marijuana for about 30 years.

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