An attorney who tried to take a greeting card containing $30,000 worth of heroin to a jailed client was sentenced Wednesday to two years behind bars.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig Veals imposed the term on Stephen Beecher, 63, of Sherman Oaks, who pleaded no contest Dec. 10 to a felony count of bringing drugs into jail.

Beecher was arrested while in the visiting area of the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic on Dec. 28, 2012, after a drug-sniffing dog alerted jail personnel to 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 in December to a felony conspiracy charge and was immediately sentenced to two years in custody and given credit for time served.

Beecher’s client, Jesus Antonio Duenas, 21, was also charged with conspiracy. He is due back in court Feb. 26 for trial.

Paredes ironed and flattened the packages to fit into a greeting card envelope and gave the card containing just over 36 grams of heroin to Beecher, who was arrested with two packages of heroin while in the visiting area of the jail.

— City News Service

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