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Doctor gets probation in medicinal cocaine theft

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By JACQUES BILLEAUD
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - A plastic surgeon who admitted stealing medicinal cocaine from a Scottsdale surgery center was sentenced Monday to three years of probation for his theft and drug convictions.

Authorities say Dr. Paul Kenneth Holden stole five vials of the drug in the middle of the night on July 10 from a surgery center that shares the same building as his medical office.

They say a woman who was cleaning the surgery center spotted Holden during the crime hiding behind shelves next to the center's pharmacy.

Holden pleaded guilty three weeks ago to a misdemeanor theft charge and a felony drug-paraphernalia possession charge.

He faced up to two years in prison, but Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Pamela Svoboda followed the recommendation in Holden's plea agreement that he be sentenced to probation.

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