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Prospect doctor arrested on drug charges after reporting burglary

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

A Prospect doctor who called 911 to report an alleged burglary landed himself in jail when police found cocaine and other drugs in his home and he admitted to firing a 9mm handgun inside.

Alan B. “Barry” Klein, 57, of Prospect, erroneously reported a burglary at his Hillcrest residence about 5:40 p.m. March 7 in the 12800 block of Deer Cross Drive.

Klein told police there were four people burglarizing his home.

Police found Klein sitting in his neighbors’ front yard. He acted “erratic and paranoid” when speaking with police.

He had a firearm in each of his front jacket pockets and a noticeably runny nose, according to police.

Police searched the home for intruders and found no evidence of a burglary.

But officers found a dinner plate shoved under Klein’s bed with two credit cards, white residue that appeared to be cocaine and a ripped plastic bag on it. 

Officers also found a straw in his bedroom with white residue and a toilet paper holder on the toilet with the white residue on it.

In Klein’s living room, police found the white residue on a gun case.

A 9mm handgun confiscated by police had a shell casing jammed in the slide. Klein told police he fired a round through the floor of his home while in a panic that intruders had entered his home.

According to police, “no one was found to be in the residence and there was no evidence supporting that anyone ever was in the home illegally.”

Klein operates a medical practice in the 4900 block of U.S. 42 near the Gene Snyder Freeway.

When questioned about other drugs in his home, Klein told police they’d find hydrocodone pills in his kitchen that had been prescribed to another person.

After transporting Klein to the Oldham County Jail, officers found hydrocodone pills in the floorboard and seat of the police cruiser that matched pills found in Klein’s kitchen.

Klein is charged with public intoxication (excludes alcohol), possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a controlled substance.

He is scheduled to appear in Oldham district court for arraignment at 9 a.m. March 20.

Klein also has charges pending in Jefferson County. He is scheduled to appear in Jefferson district court April 10 to change his plea on DUI and reckless driving charges from 2012.

Two days later, Klein is scheduled to appear in Jefferson district court for a pretrial conference on other charges from 2012.

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