VISTA (CNS) - A former Carlsbad police detective, who was on the force when he stole heroin from the department's property impound room, was sentenced Wednesday to three years probation.
As a condition of probation, Vista Superior Court Judge Kimberlee Lagotta ordered Michael C. Koch to undergo drug treatment. The judge also suspended a 180-day jail sentence as long as the defendant successfully completes probation.
Koch, 44, pleaded guilty last month to a felony charge of second-degree burglary.
Deputy District Attorney Paul Azevedo said there was never any suggestion that Koch -- a one-time narcotics and vice detective -- took the drugs for "sinister purposes" such as planting them on criminal suspects.
Two police employees saw Koch take the drugs from the impound room, Carlsbad police said after the defendant's Jan. 19 arrest.
Koch was placed on administrative leave and continued to draw his $86,000 annual salary until he was terminated May 30 following an internal investigation.
The defendant was an 18-year veteran of the Carlsbad Police Department.