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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gardiner Man Pleads Guilty to Pharmacy Robbery

Contact: Craig M. Wolff
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Ryan
McLaughlin, 26, of Gardiner, pled guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to pharmacy

According to court records, on November 13, 2013, McLaughlin entered the Shaw’s
Osco pharmacy in Augusta and handed a note to a pharmacy employee demanding two bottles of
Oxycodone. He was agitated as he spoke with the pharmacy staff, stating that he was in a hurry
and demanding that they move faster. He also kept one of his hands in his pocket during the
incident, as if he were concealing something. Pharmacy personnel provided him with two bottles
of Oxycodone and he left the store. In an interview after his arrest, McLaughlin admitted robbing
the store, and said he had committed the robbery to obtain pills to feed his severe addiction.

McLaughlin faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both. He will be
sentenced after completion of a presentence report by the United States Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the Augusta Police Department and the Federal
Bureau of Investigation.

Updated January 26, 2015