Attorney Stephen Beecher Slipped Heroin to Jailed Client in Greeting Card, Prosecutors Say
are you my rik? / Flickr
It's not the first time this has happened. An L.A. County Sheriff's deputy even smuggled drugs into the jail using a burrito as cover (it didn't work).
Today prosecutors alleged that attorney Stephen Beecher tried to smuggle heroin via a greeting card intended for a client behind bars at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic. No go:
Beecher was re-arrested April 9 based on a felony warrant and today, according to a statement from the District Attorney's office, faces ...
... two counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, one felony count of bringing drugs into jail, one felony count of transportation of a controlled substance and one felony count of bringing a firearm into a jail.
View Larger Map
The Sherman Oaks resident was released on bail today and was due back in court May 1, this time as a defendant.
Los Angeles Lakers v Memphis Grizzlies - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsSun., Apr. 2, 12:30pm
CSUN Mens Baseball
TicketsTue., Apr. 4, 3:00pm
Anaheim Ducks v. Calgary Flames
TicketsTue., Apr. 4, 7:00pm
Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsWed., Apr. 5, 7:30pm
Prosecutors allege that 20-year-old Jesus Antonio Duenas, in custody based on an attempted-murder allegation, and his girlfriend, 19-year-old Jessica Paredes, were in on the smuggling conspiracy.
Both have pleaded not guilty.
The D.A's office says Beecher was busted Dec. 28 trying to bring $30,000 worth of heroin to Duenas via "ironed and flattened" packages of the drug slipped inside a greeting card envelope. Authorities allege the girlfriend did the ironing.
The drugs were intended for a "Southside" criminal enterprise behind bars, prosecutors say.
Beecher faces 11 years behind those very bars if convicted; Duenas and Paredes would see nine.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Los Angeles, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.