Lawyer accused of smuggling heroin to client

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX - A Valley attorney is accused of breaking the law, instead of defending it.  David Decosta, 42, is accused of sneaking drugs to an inmate in exchange for sexual favors.

Police say he smuggled them during court proceedings and officers arrested him in the courtroom. Decosta is now behind bars accused of smuggling heroin and methamphetamine to his client inside the Maricopa County court house.

Sgt. Trent Crump, with Phoenix police, explains, “During another investigation that we were conducting information came across that an individual could get narcotics to a prisoner through the courtroom proceeding."  Court documents say Decosta's client was an inmate and part of the Mexican Mafia prison gang. The documents also say Decosta's clients' girlfriend, 19-year-old Emily Keen set up the drug transfers. Police say they found more drugs and cash inside her home.

Also investigators say Decosta admitted to receiving sexual favors two days before allegedly smuggling in the drugs. 3TV went to Decosta's Tempe home and, while 3TV heard people inside, no one came to the door.

The attorney, who has a private practice, has been charged with four felonies and has a $100,000 bond.

Phoenix police arrested another Tempe attorney last year for allegedly smuggling heroin into the jail. His client was also believed to be part of the Mexican Mafia.