Attorney arrested on suspicion of bringing drugs to jailed client
Acting on jailhouse intelligence, Los Angeles sheriff's deputies Friday arrested an attorney they say tried to smuggle 26 balloons of heroin and methamphetamine to a gang member in custody at the downtown courthouse.
Attorney Kenneth Markman, 47, was arrested on the 11th floor of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center when he tried to meet with his client in lockup. Deputies used a drug-sniffing dog to locate the narcotics wrapped in tape, said Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker.
In addition to the balloons, Parker said, deputies recovered small hypodermic needles and marijuana in a taped package.
Markman had arranged a 10 a.m. attorney-client interview at the courthouse. While Markman was waiting alone in the attorney room before meeting with his client, the dog "alerted" on Markman’s legal briefcase and person, Parker said.
The attorney was questioned by sheriff’s gang investigators and removed a package from his interior suit jacket pocket. The dog alerted on the package, which was a tightly wrapped wad of electrical tape. Deputies removed the tape and discovered 26 balloons containing tar heroin and methamphetamine. It also contained a quantity of marijuana and three mini-hypodermic syringes.
The estimated value of the narcotics is $30,000.
Markman was arrested, transported and booked at the Inmate Reception Center on several narcotics-related offenses. The charges include conspiracy to distribute narcotics, transportation of methamphetamine and heroin, transportation of narcotics into a custody facility and participation with criminal street gang members in felonious conduct.
He being held in lieu of $145,000 bail.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Some of the drugs deputies found in a lawyer's possession. Credit: Los Angeles Sheriff's Department