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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 10, 2018

Montgomery Doctor Charged with Drug Distribution Offenses

Montgomery, Alabama – On Monday, September 10, 2018, Dr. Richard Stehl, 54, of Montgomery, Alabama, appeared in court after being indicted on drug distribution charges, announced United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr.

The indictment charges Dr. Stehl, who owned and operated a medical practice on Winton Blount Loop in eastern Montgomery, with drug distribution offenses. Those charges stem from Dr. Stehl’s prescribing controlled substances inappropriately, unlawfully, and for non-medical reasons

If convicted, Dr. Stehl faces a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment on each count. He also faces substantial monetary penalties and restitution.

An indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tactical Diversion Squad, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, and the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations Division. The Montgomery Police Department, the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, and the Opelika Police Department all assisted in the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan S. Ross is prosecuting the case.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Prescription Drugs
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Updated September 14, 2018