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Denton pharmacist arrested again

Profile image for By Megan Gray-Hatfield / Staff Writer
By Megan Gray-Hatfield / Staff Writer

Owner of pharmacy posts $10,000 bail on latest charges

The owner of Megs Discount Pharmacy on Sunset Street was arrested by Denton police for the second time in a month, officials said.

Susan Jenevive Megwa, 50, was charged with two counts of diversion of controlled substances Monday at the pharmacy she has run since 2010.

Megwa, a resident of Southlake, posted $10,000 bail to get out of jail Tuesday on the latest charges, said Officer Ryan Grelle, spokesman for the Denton Police Department.

According to investigators, someone walked into the pharmacy one morning after her May arrest and asked Megwa what she had. Police said Megwa then removed hydrocodone from a bottle previously labeled for another person that had not yet been picked up.

Hydrocodone is a powerful painkiller.

Records show she sold 120 hydrocodone pills to someone without a prescription for $360 cash, police said. Investigators said that before the person left, Megwa waved the person back into the pharmacy, removed the top portion of another prescription label on a bottle of 60 alprazolam pills and said the person owed her another $240.

Police declined to identify the purchaser.

Megwa was the only person taken into custody this week, officials said.

The pharmacy has been under investigation for two years, according to Denton police Investigator Rachel Fleming.

On May 20, Megwa and her husband, Eronini Megwa, 59, an associate professor of communications at the University of Texas at Arlington, were charged in connection with money laundering stemming from the police department’s ongoing investigation. In addition, Susan Megwa was charged with three counts of diversion, which means selling narcotics without a prescription.

The professor, who has been employed by the university since 2008, remains on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a university investigation into the criminal allegations he is facing, said Kristin Sullivan, assistant vice president for media relations at UTA.

Before the May 20 raid on the pharmacy, Denton police said, they had received reports about the ease with which medications could be obtained from Megs Discount Pharmacy. Some people were traveling from as far away as Houston to get their prescriptions filled in Denton, police said.

During a search of the couple’s Southlake home, investigators found a journal of cash transactions from 2012 linked to the pharmacy, police records show. The journal, records show, indicated that thousands of dollars in cash were brought in and entered weekly and used for shopping, gifts or money transfers to Nigeria. The journal also noted that $161,000 was moved into a safe, records show.

Between November 2011 and December 2012, $223,000 was transferred to Nigeria from a Megs Discount Pharmacy bank account, records show.

Money laundering over $200,000 is a first-degree felony. Diversion of a controlled substance by a pharmacist is a state jail felony.

Susan Megwa has been licensed with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy since 2009 and her business has been registered since January 2010, records show. She is the only pharmacist registered to the pharmacy. The investigation is ongoing, officials said.

MEGAN GRAY-HATFIELD can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.