Los Angeles County Criminal Courts Building. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles County Criminal Courts Building. Photo by John Schreiber.

An attorney who tried to smuggle $30,000 worth of heroin inside a greeting card to one of his clients behind bars pleaded no contest Wednesday to a felony count of bringing drugs into jail.

Stephen Beecher, 63, of Sherman Oaks, is facing two years in custody, with sentencing set for Jan. 27 in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Beecher was arrested while in the visiting area of the North County Correctional Facility in December 2012, after a drug-sniffing dog helped jail personnel find the drugs in a greeting card that was inside a manila envelope labeled with his client’s case number, according to Deputy District Attorney Arisa Mattson.

Jessica Paredes, 21, who was charged along with Beecher and his client, pleaded no contest to a felony conspiracy charge and was sentenced today to two years in custody and given credit for time served.

Beecher’s client, Jesus Antonio Duenas, 21, is also charged with conspiracy and is due back in court Jan. 27 for a pretrial hearing.

According to the criminal complaint, Paredes ironed and flattened two packages of heroin — about 36 grams total — to fit into a greeting card envelope and gave the card to Beecher, who was arrested while in the jail’s visiting area.

City News Service

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