An Ambridge attorney who used to work for the Beaver County Public Defender's Office has been charged with several crimes after police said he brought marijuana into the Allegheny County Jail.
Michael F. Yagercik, 32, faces charges of bringing in contraband, possessing marijuana, possessing the drug with intent to deliver, and delivering it.
According to a criminal complaint by Allegheny County Police Inspector Christopher Kearns, on May 15 Mr. Yagercik brought into the jail a sealed envelope containing loose tobacco, 21 grams of marijuana and rolling papers.
He entered the jail to meet his client, Richard Jasek, a convicted drug dealer. Instead, he met with Jasek's cellmate, according to the affidavit, because Jasek "did not want to make it look obvious."
After giving the contraband to the inmate in a brief meeting in an attorney conference room on the jail's sixth floor, Mr. Yagercik left the jail, according to the affidavit. The unidentified cellmate was searched and the contraband was found, according to the affidavit.
Police had already been tipped off to Mr. Yagercik's activities by a confidential informant, according to the affidavit. The informant claimed Mr. Yagercik was paid $500 to bring contraband into the jail and $1,000 to bring it into the federal Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown when Jasek was there, according to the affidavit.
Mr. Yagercik could not be immediately reached at his Ambridge office.
It was unclear this morning whether he had been arrested.
Beaver County Public Defender Paul Steff could not be immediately reached and his staff said that Mr. Yagercik no longer works there.
Mr. Yagercik was charged in 2008 with simple assault, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person but was found by a jury to be not guilty of the first two charges and had a hung jury on the third.
Rich Lord: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1542. First Published June 12, 2012 9:30 AM