1. Dear Drugs-Forum readers: We are a small non-profit that runs one of the most read drug information & addiction help websites in the world. We serve over 4 million readers per month, and have costs like all popular websites: servers, hosting, licenses and software. To protect our independence we do not run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations which average $25. If everyone reading this would donate $5 then this fund raiser would be done in an hour. If Drugs-Forum is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year by donating whatever you can today. Donations are currently not sufficient to pay our bills and keep the site up. Your help is most welcome. Thank you.
    PLEASE HELP
  1. ZenobiaSky
    17461.jpg NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Florida man pleaded not guilty to charges that he was involved in the theft of about $80 million in prescription drugs from a Connecticut warehouse in 2010.

    Amed Villa entered his plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Haven, said his attorney, Jonathan J. Einhorn, and Tom Carson, spokesman for the U.S. attorney.

    In March 2010, thieves broke into the Enfield warehouse of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co. by scaling an exterior wall and cutting a hole in the warehouse roof. They used ropes to lower themselves to the floor and disabled alarms before using a forklift to load pallets of drugs into a getaway vehicle.

    Villa, 46, and his 37-year-old brother, Amaury, both citizens of Cuba living in Miami, were arrested last month in Florida on federal theft and conspiracy charges related to their alleged participation in the theft, called the biggest in Connecticut history.

    "We look forward to seeing the government's evidence and look forward to a trial," Einhorn said. "At this point, that's our plan. We're going to focus on forcing the government to prove these serious charges."

    The stolen drugs, which included antidepressants, antipsychotics and a chemotherapy drug used to treat lung cancer, were recovered last year from a storage facility in Florida, authorities said.

    Amed Villa touched a water bottle that had been stored within the warehouse and left the bottle inside the warehouse when he fled, prosecutors said.

    Amaury and Amed Villa are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit theft from an interstate shipment, which carries a maximum prison term of five years, and four counts of theft from an interstate shipment, each of which carries a prison term of up to 10 years.

    Frank Rubino, attorney for Amaury Villa, declined to comment on the Connecticut charges. He said his client pleaded not guilty to charges in Florida related to the prescription drugs stolen from the Connecticut warehouse.

    http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Man-charged-in-80M-drug-heist-pleads-not-guilty-3634035.php

Comments

  1. Rob Cypher
    3 more charged in $80M drug heist

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Three Florida men who federal authorities say stole about $80 million in prescription drugs from an Eli Lilly warehouse in Connecticut have been charged with conspiracy and theft, the U.S. attorney's office announced Tuesday.

    The 2010 theft from the warehouse in Enfield — believed to be the largest theft in the state's history — included thousands of boxes of Zyprexa, Cymbalta, Prozac, Gemzar and other drugs, authorities say.

    Two other men previously were charged in the case. The U.S. attorney's office Tuesday identified the three new defendants as Yosmany Nunez, 41, also known as "El Gato," of Southwest Ranches; Alexander Marquez, 40, of Hialeah; and Rafael Lopez, 49, of Miami.

    Nunez's attorney declined comment; an attorney for Marquez did not immediately return a message left for comment.

    Yoel Molina, an attorney who represented Lopez in Florida said, "The evidence will support our position he's an innocent man."

    Nunez, Marquez and Lopez, all three Cuban citizens, were arrested last week in Florida. Amed Villa of Miami pleaded guilty last year to theft and conspiracy charges in the case. He is awaiting sentencing. His 39-year-old brother, Amaury Villa, pleaded not guilty in Connecticut and is awaiting trial.

    The new indictment alleges that between January and March of 2010, Amaury Villa, Nunez, Marquez and Lopez and one other person conspired to steal pharmaceuticals from the Eli Lilly warehouse. Authorities say Villa, Nunez and others traveled from the Miami area to Connecticut to gather information for the heist. They allege that Lopez and another person traveled to Flushing, N.Y., and purchased tools to break into the warehouse then went to Connecticut.

    On March 13, 2010, Marquez drove a tractor-trailer to the warehouse parking lot, authorities say. Later that evening, Villa and a co-conspirator used a ladder to climb onto the roof of the warehouse then cut a hole in the roof and dropped down into the building and disabled the alarm, prosecutors say.

    With the truck backed up to the loading dock, Villa and others loaded up about 49 pallets of pharmaceuticals, the indictment says. Lopez allegedly was nearby and talking by cellphone with a co-conspirator who was inside the warehouse, the indictment says.

    Authorities allege Marquez then drove the truck to Florida, where he met up with Villa, Nunez, Marquez and a co-conspirator, and they unloaded the drugs and put them in a storage building in the Miami area. Authorities say some of the stolen drugs were recovered Oct. 14, 2011, in a search of a storage facility.

    The three men are charged with one count of conspiracy, which carries up to five years in prison; four counts of theft from an interstate shipment, each of which carries up to 10 years; and one count of interstate transportation of stolen property, which also carries up to 10 years.

    Nunez and Marquez were detained pending hearings Thursday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Lopez was released on bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in Connecticut on May 1.

    John Christofferson
    Associated Press
    April 23, 2014

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/...hei_n_5197682.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000021
To make a comment simply sign up and become a member!