Lawyer Arrested For Allegedly Trying To Buy Drugs From Clients He Later Represented On Drug-Dealing Charges

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A British lawyer was arrested after allegedly trying to purchase drugs from two men he later represented on drug-dealing charges, Insider reported. 

According to ITV News, Henry Hendron was caught messaging two men on his cell phone, asking them to buy methamphetamine and GBL. The 42-year-old later represented the dealers, Arno Smit and Ezra Benson, on drug charges. Hendron counseled Smit at the police station, the justice court, and Woolwich Crown Court, where Smit pleaded not guilty in November 2021, according to The Guardian. 

Hendron later confessed to

“two counts of intentionally encouraging or assisting the supply of class A drugs, a similar charge involving class C drugs, and possession of a class A drug,”

the newspaper reported. According to ITV News, the judge told Hendron,

“You were messaging a client of yours who was later to face crown court proceedings for supply of drugs, you were encouraging him to supply you with drugs, then went to court to represent him.”

“So there is an abuse of responsibility to that defendant and an abuse of responsibility to the court,”

the judge added. 

Hendron reportedly had previous run-ins with the law. He was convicted of three DUI charges and was arrested in 2015 after his 18-year-old boyfriend died of a drug overdose at his residence, reports reveal.

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