Criminal Justice

Lawyer charged with using attorney credential in attempt to deliver drug to courthouse lockup

A Massachusetts lawyer has been criminally charged, accused of using his attorney credential to gain access to the Chelsea District Courthouse lockup without a search in order to attempt to deliver a prescription drug to a woman being held in the building’s lockup.

Michael R. Lustig, 45, is listed on his website as a divorce and bankruptcy attorney but seemingly has a minimal law practice, according to the Boston Herald and CBS Boston. A lawyer temporarily appointed to represent him after he was charged Wednesday said he lives in a single room in a Boston suburb and could afford to pay only $300 bail. The judge set bond at $2,000 cash.

Lustig pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of Suboxone with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute the drug. The woman to whom he allegedly was trying to deliver the Suboxone has not yet been charged and was not a legal client, the articles say.

State police said they were tipped about Lustig and got a special search warrant to allow them to look for drugs while protecting attorney-client material in his possession.

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