Prosecutors charged an attorney with half a dozen felony counts for allegedly trying to smuggle heroin into an L.A. County jail inside a greeting card.
Stephen Beecher, 61, who was arrested April 9, faces counts including conspiracy, bringing drugs into jail, transportation of a controlled substance and bringing a firearm into a jail, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
The Sherman Oaks resident was released on bail Thursday and scheduled to be arraigned May 1 in a downtown courtroom.
Prosecutors also charged Beecher's client Jesus Antonio Duenas, 20, who is in custody on an attempted murder case, with two counts of conspiracy. He has pleaded not guilty.
Jessica Paredes, 19, Duenas' girlfriend, also pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two criminal conspiracy counts.
If convicted, Beecher faces 11 years in state prison. Duenas and Paredes are facing nine years each in state prison.
In the criminal complaint, prosecutors allege Beecher told Duenas he would visit the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic on Dec. 28.