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Arrests Made in Major Pharmaceutical Theft Heist

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WGGB) — Federal authorities say they’ve cracked a major pharmaceutical theft ring that reaches all the way to Enfield.

The ring allegedly included two brothers who were arrested in connection with the theft of 80-million dollars in prescription drugs from an Enfield, Connecticut warehouse two years ago.

U.S. Attorney David Fein made the announcement Thursday afternoon in New Haven, “Here in Connecticut, two brothers, Amaury and Amed Villa have been charged with participating in the theft of pharmaceuticals from the Enfield Warehouse,” says Fein.

The theft occurred on March 14, 2010.

Thieves gained access to pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly’s Enfield warehouse by cutting a hole through its roof and disabling the alarm system.

They scaled the outside wall of the warehouse and descended inside on ropes that were hung from a hole in the roof.

Thieves loaded pallets of expensive anti-depressant drugs onto at least one tractor trailer truck and drove away.

Besides announcing the arrests, authorities said that the stolen drugs have been recovered,”On October 14, 2011, a search of a storage facility in Doral, Florida revealed the approximately  80-million dollars in pharmaceuticals that had been stolen from the Enfield warehouse,” says David Fein.

The drugs were believed to have been headed for the black market, perhaps overseas.

They included anti-depressants Prozac and  Cymbalta, in addition to the anti-psychotic drug Zyprexa.

The arrests followed  an intensive investigation that included a combined law enforcement effort according to Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza,”I think this shows that when federal and local law enforcement work as well as we do here in Connecticut, you get good results,” says Sferrazza.

In all, 11 people are charged in connection with the pharmaceutical theft ring that targeted warehouses across the country.


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