WEBER COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A Utah lawyer is in hot water after police say he tried to smuggle drugs into the Weber County Jail.
According to a probable cause statement, suspicion fell on attorney Tony Brenchley Miles after deputies at the jail received a tip he was smuggling narcotics into the facility while visiting inmate, Tido Alves.
During a separate investigation, three Weber County inmates, Lyric Ete, Jeremy Eli and Alves, were caught with drugs while incarcerated in the same pod at the jail.
Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force says inmates Ete and Alves had discussed receiving a care package from someone referred to as “Law School.”
Miles did not represent any of these inmates in their individual criminal cases, but he visited them several times between February and April 2017.
Police say on April 7, Miles signed in with the receptionist as “Adam Griffith” and then went into the restroom in the jail lobby. After he exited the restroom, he went over the secure part of the jail where attorneys meet with clients in private.
As he entered the secure part of the jail, a deputy approached Miles about performing a random search of his person. He was asked to empty his pockets.
According to court documents, Miles then became “visibly worried” and asked to cancel his visit to the facility. He then told the deputy he had a “heroin problem” and handed him aluminum foil and a black tube, items commonly used to smoke heroin.
The deputy also requested Miles produce something he was grabbing at near his belt line. That’s when investigators say Miles handed over a contact lens case that contained heroin and cocaine.
Miles was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility and one count of forgery. He was booked into the Weber County Jail.