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Former Huntsville doctor faces 20 years in prison for maintaining drugstore in Madison County

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – A former Huntsville doctor will have to wait longer before being convicted of keeping drugs in a home in Owens Cross Roads.

Court records show that Marshall Plotka will now be sentenced on April 14, 2022 at the Huntsville Federal Courthouse.

Plotka, the now-closed Phoenix emergency care doctor in Jones Valley, was one of three Madison County doctors arrested in a 2019 drug raid in multiple states.

He was accused of maintaining drug-related premises.

Authorities said that between 2015 and 2019, Plotka kept drugs, including methamphetamine, stored in the home in Chamlee Place and allowed prostitutes, as well as their friends and family to stay at home.

An indictment stated that Plotka also paid the women to have sex with him.

Emergency teams responded to the overdoses at home in February and May 2018, according to court documents, and in a separate call, police said a person living at the home showed them text messages on the drug purchase between Plotka and a person living at home.

Police searched the home in March 2019 and found drug paraphernalia, including used syringes. Plotka’s indictment says he admitted at the time that he knew people were using drugs at home.

Plotka pleaded guilty to maintaining drug-related premises in June; at the time, prosecutors recommended that he be sentenced to one year and one day in prison.

Plotka could be jailed for up to 20 years on the charge.


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