Ex-Officer Sentenced for Drug-Related Crimes

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ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A former eastern Kentucky police officer has been sentenced in federal court on drug-related charges.

The Independent reports U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning sentenced 33-year-old Melvin Charles Schoch Jr. on Monday to 75 months in prison. Schoch pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of attempting to possess oxycodone with intent to distribute and possessing a firearm during the commission of a drug crime.

Court documents say Schoch entered a home looking to take prescription pills and money under the guise of serving a search warrant while serving as an officer. Records show that neither drugs nor cash were found.

Schoch apologized for his actions during the hearing and his attorney asked for a lesser sentence, but Bunning said that would depreciate the seriousness of the crimes.

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