Dr. Mark Peter Koch was sentenced to five years probation for possession with intent to distribute anabolic steroids and conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids. He was also sentenced to 200 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) initiated its investigation of Koch after receiving a tip from his estranged wife claiming that he was involved with black market steroids. FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Young conducted telephone and video surveillance. Evidence included telephone recordings of Koch discussing a pending purchase with his steroid dealer. Videographic evidence also showed Koch injecting himself with the steroids.
The FBI investigation resulted in the federal indictment of Koch and three co-defendants. The co-defendants included his source for steroids and the two friends that were provided steroids. The steroids were manufactured by the underground lab (UGL) identified as “Roper’s Lab”. The steroids included EQ-250 (aka Equipoise), Deca-250 (aka Deca Durabolin), Primobolan Depot and Testosterone Cypionate.
U.S. District Judge William Steele noted that Koch purchased the steroids primarily for his own personal use but also shared them with two friends. He did not make any profit off the sale of steroids and provided the drugs to his friends at cost. Numerous letters written by patients, nurses and other medical colleagues testified to the excellent care Koch provided to individuals in rural Alabama. These considerations factored into Judge Steele’s decision to sentence Koch to probation.
“I think the impacts on your personal life and your professional life are sufficient to punish you,” said Judge Steele.
Koch will have a felony conviction appear on his criminal record. The Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners could revoke the medical license of Dr. Koch as a result.
Sayre, K. (February 24, 2012). Monroe County doctor ordered to probation for steroid conspiracy. Retrieved from http://blog.al.com/live/2012/02/monroe_county_doctor_ordered_t_1.html