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Someone want to tell me how he got messed up in this, and caught TWICE in a matter of months.

Former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton was expected to plead guilty Wednesday to federal drug trafficking charges after accepting a plea agreement.

According to court records, Newton signed a plea agreement Friday to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

Newton, 40, had pleaded innocent to a two-count indictment. He faced up to 20 years in prison on each of those counts if convicted. He was also charged with aiding and abetting to possess and distribute marijuana.

Newton was scheduled to change his plea during an arraignment hearing Wednesday.

Newton has been held without bail at a detention center in Seagoville, a southeast Dallas suburb, since his Dec. 12 arrest.

Co-defendant Bruce Freeman-Canady, 30, of Jacksonville, Fla., also was scheduled for an arraignment hearing Wednesday.

Authorities arrested Newton in Ellis County after they found $10,000 in Newton's red pickup as well as 175 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of an accompanying Monte Carlo driven by Charles Deaundra Howard, 25, of Garland. The marijuana was worth an estimated $700,000.

Howard and another suspect, Billy Crenshaw, have pleaded guilty. Bruce Freeman-Canady, a passenger in Newton's truck, has pleaded innocent and is awaiting trial with Newton. All three were freed on bail.

At time of his arrest, Newton, was free on bail from a Louisiana drug bust. He was arrested Nov. 4, accused of driving a van with 213 pounds of marijuana in it.

Newton, who lives in East Ellijay, Ga., is a six-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman who helped the Dallas Cowboys win three Super Bowls. He spent 14 seasons in the NFL, 13 with Dallas. He retired last year after a season with the Carolina Panthers.

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