Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 12, 2013

Kokomo physician faces felony drug charges

Police: Doctor was found with controlled substance and blank prescription pad.

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Editor's note: This story corrects erroneous information in the version posted on July 12, 2013.

Kokomo police arrested a Kokomo doctor Thursday on drug charges after he was found with a blank prescription pad and an unspecified prescription drug.

Police began investigating Dr. Matthew R. Steiner, 47, 2619 Brookside Drive, June 26 at a south-side hotel.

From that initial investigation, the Kokomo Police Department Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant for the hotel room and a vehicle.

During the execution of the search warrant, investigators located a blank prescription pad and a Schedule IV controlled substance, according to a press release. Schedule IV controlled substances include a variety of prescription drugs including pain relievers, tranquilizers and anti-anxiety medication, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s website. A warrant for Steiner’s arrest was issued by the Howard Circuit Court.

KPD’s Drug Task Force, along with DEA officers, arrested Steiner at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. At the time of his arrest, police said Steiner was cooperative and surrendered his DEA registration at the scene.

Steiner has been charged with felony counts of attempted dealing in a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, and two misdemeanor counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Steiner was released from jail after posting 10 percent of the $15,000 bail.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone having additional information is asked to contact the Kokomo Police Department Drug Task Force at 765-456-7204.