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Attorney charged with drug possession in L.A.

June 18, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A local attorney is facing four felony charges, accused of trying to smuggle heroin into a lockup area where inmates are kept at the downtown Los Angeles criminal courts building.Michael Inman, 48, appeared in court Thursday afternoon but he did not enter a plea to one count each of possession of a controlled substance in a jail, possession for sale of a controlled substance, sale or transportation of a controlled substance and bringing drugs into a jail.

His arraignment was postponed to July 19.

The Beverly Hills defense attorney was arrested Tuesday morning after entering a secure area of the courthouse to visit two defendants he was representing in a burglary and stolen property case.

Sheriff's deputies using a drug-sniffing dog allegedly discovered a baggie of heroin in a secure area where only Inman was waiting. The criminal complaint alleges that Inman possessed 14.25 grams of heroin.

Inman remains jailed on $190,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to five years in state prison.

Inman has been disciplined by the legal regulatory agency once before, and is currently being investigated for financial irregularities that could leave him ineligible to practice law, according to Bar Association records.

AP and CNS contributed to this report.