Lawyer caught smuggling drugs into prison

Heroin illustration 
By: Feng Qian 

A lawyer was arrested, charged and convicted of bringing drugs into jail after he was caught bringing drugs into jail for a client, prosecutors in California said.

Now, the attorney who pleaded to smuggling $30,000 worth of heroin inside a greeting card to a client in county jail, was sentenced to two years in prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Stephen Beecher, 63, was sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Craig Veals. The Sherman Oaks resident was taken into custody to begin serving his sentence.

He pleaded no contest to one felony count of bringing drugs into jail. Deputy District Attorney Arisa Mattson with the Justice System Integrity Division prosecuted the case.

Beecher’s co-defendant, Jesus Antonio Duenas, will go to trial at the Department 100.

Beecher, who was representing Duenas at the time, admitted slipping packages of heroin to Duenas, who was incarcerated in county jail.