Criminal Justice

Pa. lawyer pleads guilty to charges he smuggled drugs to jailed client


A Pennsylvania lawyer has pleaded guilty to charges that he smuggled heroin and prescription drugs to a jailed client.

Brian Salisbury, 31, of Newell, will be sentenced May 28, according to the Associated Press, the Tribune-Review and the Herald-Standard reports.

As part of his plea deal, Salisbury, who is facing a recommended jail sentence of 11½ to 23 months, has also agreed to give up his law license.

Salisbury was arrested by Uniontown police in July after a surveillance camera showed him passing drugs to a client being held in the county jail on a bench warrant.

The client, an admitted drug addict, told police that Salisbury had agreed to bring him drugs if he were ever jailed to prevent him from getting “dope sick,” WTAE reported at the time of Salisbury’s arrest.

Under his plea deal, Salisbury must resolve any pending cases he is handling and resign from the state bar before sentencing.

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