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A father and son have been charged for an alleged plot to have marijuana smuggled into jail through a courtroom exchange.

Dylan E. Henderson, 18, 915 19th Ave., Bloomer, was charged Monday with intent to deliver illegal articles to inmates, attempted possession with intent to deliver marijuana and obstructing an officer. His father, Kurt Meyer, 39, who is currently incarcerated, is charged with misdemeanor attempted possession of marijuana, as a repeat offender.

That charge, however, could not be considered one of Meyer’s chief legal worries right now. He’s scheduled to go on trial Jan. 10, 2012, on charges related to a burglary at St. Charles Church in Chippewa Falls, and the theft of the Christmas weekend church collection, including funds meant for orphans in Peru.

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Meyer was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in that case last June. The new charges allege that Meyer conspired with Henderson to have Henderson pass him some marijuana during the court hearing.

According to the criminal complaints, the monitoring of jail phone conversations revealed the conspiracy. Learning of the plot led authorities to increase security and the plot was foiled. According to police records, a monitored phone conversation after the hearing revealed that Henderson brought marijuana into the courthouse in his mouth but swallowed it when he noticed courthouse security was waiting for him.

Henderson is to make an initial appearance Nov. 8. Meyer is scheduled to appear on the new charge on Nov. 1.

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