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Attorney Smuggled Drugs to Cameron Douglas in Jail

Serving time for his own drug conviction, Cameron Douglas, the son of actor Michael Douglas, testified in the trial of his alleged drug suppliers and also revealed tawdry tales of what he had with his defense attorney, Jennifer Ridha, while in jail.

Currently, Douglas is serving time in a Pennsylvania prison for a narcotics trafficking conviction, reports the New York Post. He was temporarily released to testify against David Escalera, who is accused of supplying Douglas with pounds of crystal meth between 2006 and 2009. During his four hours on the witness stand, Douglas described his own struggles with drugs and also the strange relationship that he had with Ridha during his trial and subsequent imprisonment.

Douglas told the jury about a romance that he sowed with Ridha while she defended him. Douglas said that the two of them shared romance even while he was behind bars and that the attorney smuggled drugs to him in her bra. She reportedly used a balloon to smuggle Xanax to Douglas while he served time at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Manhattan, reports the Post.

At the time of the smuggling, Ridha worked for the firm of Lankler, Siffert & Wohl. She later confessed to the crime, and was arrested in January for providing contraband in prison. However, prosecutors dropped the case this summer due to "unique circumstances."

Prosecutors have some general discretion on who they go after. It's usually based on the strength of their case, but as Jennifer Ridha admitted to smuggling drugs to Cameron Douglas, it's hard to imagine a stronger drugs smuggling case. The unique circumstances that led to prosecutors dropping the case were not revealed, but it would be interesting to know what facts led prosecutors to decide against prosecution.

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