Ogden attorney charged for allegedly smuggling narcotics into Weber County Jail

Wednesday , August 09, 2017 - 5:22 PM2 comments

JESSICA KOKESH, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — An Ogden criminal defense attorney has been charged for allegedly smuggling heroin and cocaine into the Weber County Jail earlier this year. 

Tony Brenchley Miles, 54, was charged Aug. 2 with two counts of unlawful possession or use of a controlled substance in a correctional facility and one count of forgery, all third-degree felonies, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class B misdemeanor, in 2nd District Court.  

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The charges stem from an April 7 incident at the jail in which Miles was allegedly caught with paraphernalia in his pockets, as well as heroin and cocaine inside a contact case he was carrying, according to the probable cause statement. 

Weber County deputies received a tip Miles was smuggling narcotics into the jail while visiting inmate Tido Alves, according to court documents. A separate investigation revealed Alves, Lyric Ete and Jeremy Eli had drugs with them while in the same cell at the jail. 

Though he didn’t represent any of the three men, Miles allegedly visited Ete several times in February and March and visited Alves once before April 7. Police say Ete and Alves referred to Miles as “Law School” and said he would be bringing a “care package” to the jail.

On April 7, Miles visited the jail and signed the visitor sheet with the name “Adam Griffith,” court documents say. He then went to the bathroom in the jail lobby for a few minutes before he went into a secure area where attorneys meet privately with clients. 

While in the secure area, a deputy told Miles he would be performing a random search and asked him to place any items in his pockets on his chair. 

“(Miles) became visibly worried and asked to cancel the visit and exit the facility,” court documents say. “He volunteered that he had a heroin problem and handed the deputy a piece of aluminum foil and a black tube from his pocket. These items are used to smoke heroin.” 

The deputy also noticed Miles fiddling with his belt line and told Miles to show what he was grabbing at, court records say. Miles handed the deputy the contact lens case, which allegedly contained heroin on one side and cocaine on the other. 

Miles was booked and released from the jail April 7. 

His initial appearance is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 11, in Ogden. 

Reach digital producer Jessica Kokesh at 801-625-4229 or jkokesh@standard.net. You can also follow her on Twitter at @JessicaKokesh or Facebook.com/ByJessKokesh.

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