Two Cuban brothers from Miami have been arrested in what investigators are calling the biggest pharmaceutical drug heist in U.S. history. They eluded law enforcement for two years after trucking out $80 million in drugs from a Connecticut warehouse in an elaborate scheme that involved scaling a wall and rappelling through the ceiling to disable an alarm system.
Amaury Villa, 37, and Amed Villa, 46, might have got away if not for a water bottle one of the brothers touched at the scene, U.S. Attorney David Fein said at a news conference on Thursday afternoon.
The brothers were arrested in Florida on Thursday, accused of helping to steal 49 pallets of Gemzar, a chemotherapy drug used to treat lung cancer; Zyprexa, a depressant and antipsychotic used to treat bipolar disorder; Prozac, pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly’s first billion-dollar drug and the company’s top seller before it lost patent protection several years ago; and Cymbalta which is used to treat anxiety disorders.
“As far as we know, this brazen crime is the biggest theft in Connecticut history, and in the history of the pharmaceutical industry, countrywide,” Fein said.
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