Police are investigating an over-the-weekend drug heist at a Connecticut 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, Connecticut 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 Enfield 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 Tuesday morning to go over what happened and to try to figure out who committed this crime.
March 15, 2010
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