LAREDO, Texas (AP) – A former soldier has pleaded guilty in a murder-for-hire and drug trafficking plot in South Texas.

Prosecutors say former Army Lt. Kevin Corley thought he and several others were meeting with what they thought were members of the Zetas drug cartel in Laredo earlier this year. Instead, they were federal undercover agents at the meeting and made the arrests.

According to court documents, Corley offered to train and provide weapons to the agents and commit a murder in exchange for money and drugs.

Corley, 29, of Colorado Springs pleaded guilty to murder-for-hire conspiracy, drug distribution conspiracy and a weapons charge in federal court in Laredo Wednesday. Four others have also pleaded guilty and charges are pending against two more.

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