LOS ANGELES – A now-suspended attorney who tried to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine to his client in the downtown Criminal Justice Center, then a month later was arrested at the Antelope Valley courthouse for possessing rock cocaine, was sentenced to jail Friday.
Kenneth Roger Markman, 49, was sentenced to a year in county jail and to a one-year residential treatment program as part of three years of supervised probation, according to Deputy District Attorney Rosa Alarcon. A report on Markman’s progress was scheduled for Oct. 15.
Markman was first arrested by Sheriff’s deputies on Oct. 21, 2011, after trying to smuggle 26 balloons containing heroin and methamphetamine into a jail holding facility at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles. Authorities said he was trying to deliver the drugs to his client, 36-year-old Jorge Zaragoza, who had a court appearance that day in an attempted carjacking case.
According to the criminal complaint, Zaragoza and his girlfriend, Jennifer Vasquez, 28, both believed to be with the 38th Street gang, conspired to acquire the drugs and supply them to Markman.
Markman was arrested at the Antelope Valley courthouse a month later, after a security officer saw suspicious items in the X-Ray machine when Markman went through. Authorities said Markman grabbed his wallet and tried to leave the building, but was stopped by a Sheriff’s deputy. Drug paraphernalia and two bindles of rock cocaine were in Markman’s wallet, authorities said.
Markman, Zaragoza and Vasquez were charged in January 2012. Markman pleaded no contest last month to conspiracy and drug charges.
Vasquez pleaded no contest to conspiracy to bring a controlled substance into a jail facility and was sentenced in January to two years in prison. She was given credit for 782 days already spent in custody.
Zaragoza is due in court on March 19 for a pretrial hearing and trial setting.
The State Bar of California has suspended Markman pending a decision on whether he will be allowed to continue to practice law.
(Information via press release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.)