Although Miranda Phillips claimed to be working for a doctor in Livingston, employees at the Lufkin Walmart's pharmacy thought something was fishy about her phoned-in request for a prescription last December.
She told the pharmacist that she wanted a certain quantity of codeine / promethazine, a narcotic cough syrup known on the street as lean, or purple drank, and according to an arrest report quoted by TV station KTRE, the 28-year-old apparently used an improper procedure in asking for it.
We're only speculating here, but we're envisioning her saying things like "Yeah, this is Nurse, um, Nurse Trilla from L-Town. [Snickers] I gotta patient who needs to grip n' sip. What? What do you mean, procedures, bitch? You're gonna get me that damn sizzurp, stat, motherfucker, or I'ma beat your Walmart ass," all while the latest screwed-down Z-Ro remix rumbles in the background...
So yeah, Phillips's ploy failed. Police took her into custody when she arrived to pick up her stash.
On Monday, she was sentenced in Angelina County District Court to a total of 12 years behind bars -- a year in county jail for the attempted codeine fraud and 12 years in prison for a bond revocation, not to mention a ten-year sentence for two unrelated theft cases. (All of the sentences are to run concurrently.)
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