In the past decade in Omaha, men who have smoked "wet" — marijuana laced with embalming fluid — have suffered heart attacks during arrest.
They've wigged out and shot people, or gotten shot themselves.
They've obliterated property, injuring themselves in the process.
Now comes reason No. 512 not to use the drug:
An Omaha man who smoked "wet" broke into a random home near 90th Street and Western Avenue — delirious, panicked and hoping to cool off.
He found out later that the female homeowner was his son's Bible study teacher.
Police arrested Anthony G. Vaughn about three blocks from the house, holding the woman's jar of coins.
However, Vaughn had no idea it was the Bible study teacher's home until he was informed days after his arrest.
Douglas County District Judge J Russell Derr sentenced Vaughn this week to three years of probation for burglarizing the 51-year-old woman's home.
His attorney, Assistant Public Defender Brenda Leuck, told the judge that Vaughn, 40, had been a habitual marijuana user, often smoking it daily.
Vaughn said he previously believed his drug use only affected him.
Then came "wet." Then came the March 8 break-in.
Vaughn, who has seven children, told the judge he was embarrassed by his actions and vowed not to repeat them.
Derr noted that this was Vaughn's first felony conviction.
"It was done completely out of my character," Vaughn told the judge. "I don't think, by my crime, I should get off easy. I'm going to try to continue to work and be a good member of society."
"You realize this wasn't just a victimless crime," Derr said. "It affected you, your family, your children ."
"And the community as well," Vaughn said.
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