BURLINGTON, VT. >> Officials say a potential plea deal is close in the case of a former northern Vermont selectman and his wife, who both stand accused of drug distribution charges.

The Burlington Free Press reports an attorney representing Bernard Savage said Wednesday that official plea agreements for both the former Alburgh selectman and his wife Patricia should be filed soon in Burlington federal court.

Under the proposed agreement, Bernard Savage would plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and oxycodone. His remaining six charges would be dropped.

Patricia Savage previously pleaded not guilty to conspiring to distribute cocaine and oxycodone as well as distribution charges.

U.S. Attorney Wendy Fuller and attorneys representing the Savages both declined to comment on any pending negotiations.

Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com