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July 5, 2013

LIFE AFTER PRISON: Woman said trip to jail during addiction helped turn her life around

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CLARK COUNTY — CRIME SPREE

First, the couple began stealing things and cashing them in for any drug they could get their hands on. Soon, they heard about the lucrativeness of robbing pharmacies and decided to give it a shot.

Her boyfriend started off their spree, netting more than 700 oxycodone pills. Every day from sun up to sun down, her life was lived solely for the drugs. Nothing else mattered. And with an unlimited supply, her addiction only worsened.

“Or so we thought it was endless, but guess what. It ran out. So once it runs out, it’s time to do it again. And this time, it’s my turn,” she said. “So roles are reversed. He’s going to drive the car. I’m going to go in. Looking back, I realized this man did not love me at all because if he did, he would have never put me in that situation.”

Using an airsoft gun, Meghan did her part and initiated the holdup. Again, the couple got away. Success made them hungrier and for several more robberies, the cycle continued. By now, Meghan began to feel untouchable. Plans including different escape routes to the local interstate were methodically made. She also said she became greedy with the ease of it all.

During her final heist, all these emotions and the years of substance abuse came in to play. Like always, Meghan pulled out an airsoft gun and demanded drugs from a pharmacy tech. But this time, the person responded back with words that resonated.

“She looked at me and said, ‘Honey, I don’t know what you’re going through but I don’t think you want to do this right now. Am I right? You don’t want to do this,’” Meghan said. “I put my hands on the top of my head, I shook my head at her and I turned around and walked out.”

Moments later, the police pulled over her car based on a description from the pharmacy employee. Instead of implicating her boyfriend, she took full blame for the crimes. Eight months later, after taking a plea deal, she found herself in a state women’s penitentiary.

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