Fed to Investigate Massive Drug Heist

By RaverHippie · Mar 16, 2010 · Updated Mar 16, 2010 · ·
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    Fed to Investigate Massive Drug Heist

    Some sophisticated thieves carried out an Ocean's 11-style plot to steal $70 million in drugs from Eli Lilly’s Connecticut warehouse.

    They cut a hole in the ceiling, rappelled down into the drug warehouse and disabled the alarm system. By the time they were done, they had taken $75 million worth of drugs and other items from Eli Lilly’s warehouse on Freshwater Boulevard in Enfield.

    The heist is certainly the largest in Enfield history and maybe even state history, Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza said.

    "Just by the way it occurred, it appears that there were several individuals involved and that it was a very well planned-out and orchestrated operation," Sferrazza said.

    Police started to investigate just before 2 a.m. on Sunday and say the thieves seemed to have experience in this kind of operation and have likely done it before.

    So many drugs were taken, Sferrazza said, that they would have filled at least one tractor-trailer.

    Edward Sagebiel, a spokesman for Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly, said the drugs included the antidepressants Prozac and Cymbalta and the antipsychotic Zyprexa. No narcotics or painkillers were taken, he said.

    Zyprexa and Cymbalta were Eli Lilly's two best-selling drugs last year. Prozac was Lilly's first billion-dollar drug and the company's top seller before it lost patent protection several years ago.

    Updated 11:21 AM EDT, Tue, Mar 16, 2010


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    Heist of up to $75 million in drugs

    Prescriptions stolen from drug company

    Enfield, Conn. (WTNH) - Police are investigating an over-the-weekend drug heist at a warehouse filled with prescription drugs. Investigators say it appears a group of people broke into the building and stole up to $75 million worth of narcotics.

    What looks to be a large non-descript brown building back in the woods in Enfield is a transportation hub of sorts for prescription drug company Eli Lilly .

    The big brown building was broken into over the weekend. Someone cut a hole in the roof and repelled inside stealing somewhere between $50-$75 million worth in drugs; the largest theft in the town's history.

    "The hole was very high up and there was no way they you would be able to leap to the floor," said Police Chief Carl Sferrazza of the Enfied Police Dept. "I don't want to get into the specific evidence that we found there but we believe that is how they gain entry into the building."

    Police are still collecting evidence and trying to figure how much of what drugs were stolen; sources close to the investigation say about 70 pallets of prescriptions were taken.

    "We don't have a list of exactly what they took; there are pain killers involved; all prescription drugs -- that is the kind of narcotics that are housed there," said Chief Sferrazza.

    Police say the thieves may have gone in through the roof but they probably left out the back door at the loading docks because they needed at least one-semi tractor trailer [maybe even two] to get the drugs out. Police say these guys knew what they were doing.

    "The evidence the officers found, this does not appear that it is one or two individuals that committed this burglary; it appears to be a well-organized and large-scale operation," said Chief Sferrazza.

    Federal authorities will be meeting tomorrow morning to go over what happened and to try to figure out who committed this crime.

    Anyone who may have witnessed anything is asked to contact the Enfield Police Dept. at (860) 763-8918.

    Updated: Monday, 15 Mar 2010, 11:06 PM EDT

    Story by: Bob Wilson

  2. EscapeDummy
    Cymbalta, Zyprexa, and Prozac? Couldn't they have stolen some better shit, and put some hydrocodone into circulation or something? :p

    edit: unless they were just trying to fuck with Eli Lilly's bottom line, then swim's all for it.
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