Towson defense pleads guilty to drug-related charges

TOWSON, Md. - A Towson defense attorney pleaded guilty on drug-related charges on Friday.

According to the Baltimore County State’s Attorney Office, Jill Swerdlin , 46, admitted in Circuit Court to distribution of buprenorphine, delivery of a controlled substance to a confined individual and conspiracy to possess oxycodone.
Swerdlin said in court that she received oxycodone as payment for legal services and arranging by other means to purchase the drug. 

In addition, Swerdlin acknowledged that she had been smuggling suboxone strips (buprenorphine) into the Baltimore County Detention Center during visits with clients. She is scheduled to be sentenced on July 29, 2014.  As part of the plea agreement, Swerdlin will consent to being disbarred. 

Police said Swerdlin, her 20-year-old son, Brett, and 11 other people were arrested when police executed 10 search warrants last October. Police added that the investigation began in 2012 when police received tips of an illegal drug operation tied with Swerdlin.


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