Union Bank – Banner
Newhall Land – Banner
Adage IT – Banner
IHOP – Banner
SCV Chinese School – Banner 3
California High Speed Rail – Palmdale – Banner
SCV Senior Center – Touch A Truck 2015 – Banner
AV Party Rental – Banner
SCV Chinese School – Banner
Galpin Motors – Banner
Brent’s Carpet One – Banner
Santa Clarita Autosound – Banner
College Of The Canyons – Banner
San Diego Zoo – Generic – Banner
Action Family Counseling – Banner
Hugo Naturals – Banner
Simply Taylored – Banner
SCV Chinese School – Banner 2
Santa Clarita Transit – Dump the Pump – Banner
All Americans Bail Bonds – Banner
Beyond Harmony – Banner
Nothing Bundt Cakes – Banner
Disneyland – Diamond Celebration – Banner
Newhall Land – 2015 – Banner
Valencia Town Center – Farmer’s Market – Banner
Academy Swim Club – Banner
Patterson’s Collision Center – Banner
Green Convergence – Sun Power – Banner
Facey – Banner
It is forecast to be Clear at 7:00 PM PDT on May 28, 2015
Home » Santa Clarita News » Attorney Charged With Smuggling Heroin Into Castaic Jail
Attorney Charged With Smuggling Heroin Into Castaic Jail

Attorney Charged With Smuggling Heroin Into Castaic Jail

Los Angeles attorney is awaiting arraignment on conspiracy and other charges involving an alleged attempt to smuggle heroin inside a greeting card to one of his clients incarcerated in a Castaic jail, the District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

 Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking Santa Clarita news alerts delivered right to your inbox.

Stephen Beecher, 61 (4-24-51), was arrested April 9 on a felony complaint for arrest warrant charging him with two counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, one felony count of bringing drugs into jail, one felony count of transportation of a controlled substance and one felony count of bringing a firearm into a jail.

Deputy District Attorney Arisa Mattson, with the Justice System Integrity Division, said Beecher, a Sherman Oaks resident, was released early this morning after posting bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on May 1 at the Criminal Courts Building, Department 30.

Two co-defendants are charged with Beecher in case BA409719. Jesus Antonio Duenas, 20, Beecher’s client who is in custody on an attempted murder case, pleaded not guilty today to two counts of conspiracy. Duenas’ girlfriend, Jessica Paredes, 19, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to the same two counts.

The complaint alleges Beecher told Duenas he would visit the North County Correctional Facility on Dec. 28, 2012.

Duenas then made an arrangement with an unknown female co-conspirator to bring drugs for himself and for “the Southside,” a criminal enterprise that controls the drugs and other illegal activity inside jails, through Beecher.

The complaint also alleges that Paredes “ironed and flattened” packages of heroin to fit inside a greeting card envelope and then gave Beecher the greeting card containing 36.09 grams of heroin.

Beecher was arrested on Dec. 28 in the visiting area of North County Correctional Facility with two packages of heroin worth more than $30,000, the complaint alleges.

Duenas and Paredes return to court on April 24 to set a date for their preliminary hearing.

If convicted, Beecher is facing 11 years in state prison. Duenas and Paredes are facing nine years each in state prison.

Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, Or drop us a line at community@hometownstation.com

Attorney Charged With Smuggling Heroin Into Castaic Jail

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

About Perry Smith

Perry Smith is a print and broadcast journalist who has won several awards for his focused, hyperlocal community coverage in several different regions of the country. In addition to five years of experience covering the Santa Clarita Valley, Smith, a San Fernando Valley native, has worked in newspapers and news websites in Los Angeles, the Northwest, the Central Valley and the South, before coming to KHTS in 2012. To contact Smith, email him at Perry@hometownstation.com.
All American Bail Bonds – News Banner
Hugo Naturals – News Banner
Action Family Counseling – News Banner
Academy Swim Club – News Banner
AV Party Rental – News Banner
College Of The Canyons – News Banner
Beyond Harmony – News Banner
Broadscast – Tile
Newhall Land – 2015 – Tile
IHOP – Tile
College Of The Canyons – Tile
Santa Clarita Autosound – Tile
Mannered Mutt – Tile