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Women accused of hydrocodone conspiracy

Two women accused of conspiring to obtain hydrocodone, a controlled prescription drug, appeared in court Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell.

Kandi Nicole Havens, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of misrepresentation to obtain a controlled substance, a felony with a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Brittany Michelle Rains, 19, of Fulton, pleaded not guilty to an identical charge.

In exchange for Havens' guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss additional charges.

After entering her guilty plea, Havens -- who was out on parole from the South Dakota Women's Prison in Pierre at the time of the offense -- described her version of the alleged crime in court, which allegedly occurred in August.

"I asked Brittany Rains to provide a prescription of hydrocodone for me," she said.

The two discussed how Rains should go about convincing a doctor to give her a prescription for hydrocodone, Havens said, adding "I told her what to say."

Havens then took Rains to the pharmacy, where Rains picked up the hydrocodone and Havens paid her for it, Havens said.

In Rains' case, a trial has been set for May. In Havens' case, sentencing has been set for April.