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Towson-based attorney pleads guilty to drug charges

Towson-based defense attorney Jill Swerdlin pleaded guilty Friday to drug-related charges, prosecutors said.

Swerdlin, who represented accused drug dealers, admitted to smuggling Suboxone strips into the Baltimore County Detention Center during visits with clients, according to a statement from the Baltimore County State's Attorney's office. She also received Oxycodone as payment for legal services and arranged by other means to purchase the drug, the statement said.

Swerdlin, 47, a member of the Maryland State Bar Association since 1991, agreed to consent to disbarment as part of the plea agreement.

She pleaded guilty to charges of distribution of buprenorphine, delivery of a controlled substance to a confined individual and conspiracy to possess Oxycodone.

Her attorney, Raphael J. Santini, did not return a request for comment Friday. The state's attorney's office also declined to comment on the case.

Police and the state's attorney's office have not said how Swerdlin brought Suboxone into the county detention center.

Police began investigating Swerdlin in 2012 after receiving a tip she might have been involved in the distribution of prescription drugs, and later, they learned she was smuggling drugs into the jail.

Her sentencing is scheduled for July 29.

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