MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A former "mountain man" who kidnapped a biathlete in the 1980s has pleaded guilty to a drug charge for his work at a medical marijuana business.
The Missoulian reports (http://bit.ly/VmdBRj ) Dan Nichols entered the plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in Missoula.
Nichols earlier made a deal with prosecutors that reduced the nine charges he originally faced to one count of conspiracy to maintain a drug-involved premises.
Federal drug agents have testified Nichols was a security guard for the Helena grow operation of Montana Cannabis.
That business was raided in March 2011 in a federal crackdown of large medical marijuana operations.
Nichols and his father Don were dubbed "the mountain men" after they kidnapped Kari Swenson in 1984. Dan Nichols was released from prison in 1991.
Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com