Criminal Justice

Lawyer charged with obstruction, accused of tipping off target of federal drug probe

A California criminal defense lawyer has been federally indicted in an obstruction case, accused of tipping off a target of the Operation Garlic Press drug investigation in 2011 by providing information to a third party who was an officer in the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.

Michael Edward Hingle pleaded not guilty Friday in federal court in San Jose to charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Bail was set at $100,000.

His lawyer, Mary McNamara, could not be reached by the newspaper for comment.

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