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Beverly Hills attorney charged with attempting to smuggle drugs to inmates

June 17, 2010 |  2:26 pm

A Beverly Hills attorney was charged Thursday with multiple felony drug charges for allegedly trying to smuggle heroin into a secure area of the downtown L.A. criminal courts building.

Michael H. Inman, who was expected to plead not guilty when he appears in court Thursday afternoon, faces four criminal counts of drug possession and sales, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum of five years in state prison.

Inman was taken into custody Tuesday after a dog with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department that was checking inmates for narcotics in a secure area of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center alerted deputies to him.

Inman was at the courthouse to visit two defendants he was representing in a burglary and receiving stolen property case.

The 48-year-old attorney was caught with approximately 14.25 grams of black tar heroin in a plastic bag and a trace amount of of methamphetamine, prosecutors said. Sheriff's officials originally put the figure at 19 grams of heroin and 2 grams of methamphetamine.

--Andrew Blankstein