OGDEN — A plea deal agreed upon on Wednesday resolved the remaining drug charges against an Ogden-based attorney.
Tony Brenchley Miles, 55, was led into court shackled and wearing Weber County Jail garb. He appeared with his attorney, James Retallick, who told the court that an agreement had been made in his case.
Miles pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance, both third-degree felonies, and in return a misdemeanor drug charge was dismissed.
Miles, a member of the Utah Bar since 1992, told Judge Jennifer Valencia that he fully understood the charges against him, and said he is “looking forward to drug court.”
As Valencia read a series of questions to Miles typical of any other case, she asked if he was currently under the influence of any alcohol or drugs. Miles responded, “for the first time in a long time, no.”
Miles’ plea comes on the heels of resolving another drug case against him and his third drug arrest since 2017.
His legal issues began on April 7, 2017 when he was arrested and accused of trying to smuggle drugs into the Weber County Jail and used a false name in order to meet with two people in jail custody. He allegedly tried to bring a contact lens case into the jail that contained cocaine and heroin, according to a probable cause statement.
The second case against Miles is connected with a different drug arrest that occurred on Sept. 12, 2017 after police attained a search warrant for an Ogden home. Police say they found Miles inside, and he later admitted to “abusing controlled substances, mainly pain medication and heroin,” according to a probable cause statement.
In October, Miles entered into a plea agreement that resolved the two cases. He pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility, both third-degree felonies. In return for his plea, a third-degree felony forgery charge and a misdemeanor drug charge were dropped.
In December, Miles was arrested once more.
Charging documents allege that police were handing a theft case in Ogden and were in the process of impounding a car after discovering the owner was driving on a revoked license on Dec. 14. When they went to impound the car, they asked a passenger to exit the vehicle. Police say the passenger was Miles.
During the search of the car, police found “white pipe with burn marks and what appeared to be drug residue,” according to charging documents. They also found a contact lens case; one side had a substance that tested positive for opium and the other contained a white crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.
Shortly after his arrest, an Ogden judge signed off on a no-bail order, saying that his December arrest violated the conditions of his pretrial release.
Wednesday’s plea resolved the case stemming from his December arrest, and Miles will be sentenced on all charges from the three arrests during a Jan. 9 hearing in Ogden’s 2nd District Court.
Miles will be held without bail at the Weber County Jail until his sentencing.