Lawyer allegedly smuggled drugs to jail

Oct. 22, 2011 at 11:38 AM

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles lawyer has been charged with smuggling thousands of dollars in drugs to a jailed client.

Kenneth Markman, 47, was arrested Friday morning at the courthouse, the Los Angeles Times reported. Bail was set at $145,000.

Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said Markman was carrying balloons containing heroin and methamphetamine, a package of marijuana and hypodermic needles. The total value of the drugs was put at $30,000.

Sheriff's deputies used a drug-sniffing dog while Markman was waiting for his client, Parker said. The dog's behavior suggested Markman had drugs in his briefcase.

Markman also had a package of drugs in an inside suit pocket, Parker said.

The lawyer faces a long list of charges including conspiracy to distribute narcotics.

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