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Lawyer pleads no contest to smuggling drugs

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A lawyer has pleaded no contest to conspiring to smuggle $30,000 in drugs to a client at a downtown Los Angeles courthouse in exchange for $100.

City News Service reports the judge agreed Monday to sentence Kenneth Roger Markman to one year in county jail, one year in residential treatment and three years of probation.

Markman faced five felony charges, including a gang enhancement, for allegedly helping a street gang member commit a crime.

The 48-year-old was accused of bringing a package containing methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana to the courthouse for Jorge Zaragoza and his girlfriend Jennifer Vasquez to sell in jail.

Both are suspected gang members who have also been charged with conspiracy.

A formal sentencing hearing is set for March 15.

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