Florida Attorney Accused Of Soaking Papers In Cocaine To Bring To Inmates Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

Florida Attorney Accused Of Soaking Papers In Cocaine To Bring To Inmates

A Florida attorney is said to have tried to smuggle cocaine into a county jail by soaking papers in the drug and trying to pass them off as legal documents, the Sun-Sentinel reports. David Allen Casals, 55, of West Palm Beach, was charged with trafficking cocaine, a first-degree felony, as well as a second-degree felony charge of delivery of cocaine and a third-degree felony charge of introduction of contraband into a county facility, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reveals.

He was caught red-handed. Casals checked in as a visitor at Palm Beach County Jail on October 24, where a deputy searched the items he’d brought in with him. One of the items the deputy inspected was a manila folder containing 37 pieces of paper “with bible quotes and pictures of an unknown woman.”

Casals thought he had a foolproof plan. An arrest affidavit revealed that the deputy noticed the papers were hidden beneath a cover sheet that “attempted to disguise the papers as a transcription translation” of an audio file for an inmate from Spanish to English. However, the deputy also noticed stains from a see-through substance that looked somewhat like watermarks. After the papers were taken and tested, the sheriff’s office forensic scientist revealed on November 1 that two of the pieces of paper were positive for cocaine. In fact, they contained 9.9 grams of cocaine, with more pages eventually bringing the total to 29.5 grams.

The papers had been “saturated with cocaine.” We’re not talking a trace here – testing all of the pages revealed a positive weight of over 136 grams. Only nine pages were free of the substance. “Because of the attorney-client relationship, you are given the opportunity to be able to visit with your client face-to-face, strategize face-to-face, review face-to-face,” attorney Doug Rudman told WPTV-TV. “No doubt the Palm Beach County jail is going to be looking at and revisiting its policies and procedures.”

Casals turned himself in to authorities on Friday. If convicted on all three charges, he faces a maximum of 50 years in prison. Given his position as an attorney, this abuse of power is likely to see him receive a much harsher sentence, though that remains to be seen.

He’s currently released on bail. WFOR-TV reports that Casals posted $58,000 bail on the same day of booking. He awaits a court appearance. He plans to plead not guilty to the charges against him.

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