Two people accused in a police narcotics investigation that spanned three provinces announced their intention to plead guilty in a Prince Albert, Sask., courtroom Monday.

The trial of Donald James Fiddler, 44, and Rhonda Lee Vermette, 35, who both face charges of drug trafficking and possession, was supposed to start Monday.           

But Vermette told the court she would be pleading guilty to one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking narcotics, while Fiddler said he would be pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine, and one count of possession of the proceeds of crime.

Fiddler, who has been out on bail, will formally enter his plea in British Columbia where he is being treated for a medical condition. Vermette is scheduled to formally enter her plea and face sentencing next Wednesday in Prince Albert.

A total of 18 people from British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan were arrested in a police sting operation in February 2008.

Police seized about $90,000 worth of drugs and $75,000 cash.