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BD tip of the day: When holding up a drug store for painkillers do not wear your Army unit’s ‘distinctive T-shirt’

That’s what Sgt. Albert Languet, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan now consigned to a wounded warrior unit, allegedly did, getting morphine the first time and OxyContin the second. Bonus points for doing it near a military base where people were likely to recognize the unit. Can anyone say "cry for help"?

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Wikimedia Commons
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That's what Sgt. Albert Languet, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan now consigned to a wounded warrior unit, allegedly did, getting morphine the first time and OxyContin the second.

Bonus points for doing it near a military base where people were likely to recognize the unit. Can anyone say "cry for help"?

That’s what Sgt. Albert Languet, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan now consigned to a wounded warrior unit, allegedly did, getting morphine the first time and OxyContin the second.

Bonus points for doing it near a military base where people were likely to recognize the unit. Can anyone say "cry for help"?

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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