Thursday, January 3, 2013
The Kentucky Supreme Court has suspended an attorney as a result of a felony conviction.
WAVE3.com had this June 17, 2011 report:
Police are saying a Louisville attorney not only smuggled in heroin to the Bullitt County jail, but also had a car full of stolen goods.
Michael Wade, the 31-year-old attorney, landed behind bars earlier this week after Kentucky State Police say he tried to smuggle in heroin, syringes and other contraband to his inmate client and childhood friend Bryan Popplewell, who is in the Bullitt County Detention Center on burglary charges.
Investigators say Wade and Popplewell grew up together in Russell Springs, Kentucky and may have had a drug history together.
Just last month, detectives called Popplewell a serial burglar after allegedly linking him to at least 12 burglaries in Bullitt and Jefferson counties.
After the lawyer was arrested, investigators got a tip that led them to get a search warrant for Wade's car at the Bullitt County Sheriff's impound lot. Inside his 2009 Honda Civic, police say they found more drugs, syringes, a lot of gold jewelry, bullets and miscellaneous items like video tapes. Detectives say Wade admitted it all belonged to his client and friend.
"He claimed he got it from Mr. Popplewell," said Bullitt County Detective Scotty McGaha. "They were items Mr. Popplewell had taken from some of these burglaries."
Detectives say Wade told them, he had planned to turn in the stolen goods to authorities but, because he didn't he has now been charged with a second felony count, receiving stolen property.
Wade has declined an interview while in jail. He currently has no attorney, but one may be appointed for him.