Montgomery doctor indicted on federal drug distribution counts

Stehl being taken into custody (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Stehl being taken into custody (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Updated: Aug. 29, 2018 at 12:33 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery doctor Richard Stehl is now under federal indictment for his role in reportedly running a pill mill operation out of his medical practice on Taylor Road.

Court documents indicate Stehl is charged with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance for prescribing controlled substances like amphetamines and anxiety medications for no legitimate medical purpose.

Previous court records suggest Stehl was one of the top opioid prescribers in the state.

"White coat criminals are just criminals regardless of their money, education or power", stated U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin in response to Stehl's indictment.  "As long as these doctors, who have sworn to do no harm, continue to harm their patients and our community, we will continue to put them in jail."

Stehl was arrested on August ninth and led out of his practice in handcuffs. He was released from federal custody on a signature bond days later after he agreed to surrender his medical license.

"We are looking forward to finally getting specifics relating to the allegations and will request a trial date within the 70 days mandated by the Speedy Trial Act", stated Stehl following news of his indictment.

Stehl is the fourth Montgomery doctor to be charged in a federal pill mill chase.

The investigation is ongoing.

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