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Better Call...Ronald? Texas lawyer allegedly brought inmates drug-laced case papers

Lance R. Fletcher
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In a case of a lawyer allegedly breaking bad, Texas attorney Ronald Lewis better call his own legal team.

Following a months-long investigation, Houston attorney Ronald Lewis was arrested and charged in relation to narcotics smuggling at Houston's Harris County Jail.

NBCDFW reported that the Texas attorney was arrested Nov. 17 amid accusations of using work-related jail visits to smuggle in case paperwork laced with narcotics to Harris County inmates.

Authorities announced Monday that the 77-year-old lawyer allegedly had been smuggling in paperwork laced with ecstasy and synthetic marijuana for several months. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales reported that the man was arrested at the Harris County Jail, with some 11 sheets of allegedly narcotic-tainted paper.

During the investigation, led by the Criminal Investigations and Security Division, some 154 sheets of paper believed to be used as smuggling tools were confiscated from inmates.

The division was created to look into increases in drug overdoses at the state's largest county jail. Harris County saw at least 18 inmate deaths this year, some believed to be drug related.

The unit launched the investigation in June, and after his arrest, Lewis is charged with two counts of bringing a prohibited substance into a correctional facility, according to NBC's report. The attorney has been released on a $15,000 bond.

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