Drugs Worth Millions Stolen From Area Company
Posted August 9, 2006 11:07 a.m. EDT
WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — Federal, state and local authorities are investigating an interstate drug heist, after millions of dollars in medications never made it to their intended destination.
Authorities said that the alleged heist occurred at Longistics Corporation in Wake County near Research Triangle Park late Saturday. According to police, at least three suspects targeted the company, which handles shipments for the health care industry, and stole two tractor-trailers full of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
"The FBI estimates that the total value of the prescription and non-prescription drugs that were on those two trailers is about $22 million," said Jim Sughrue of the Raleigh Police Department.
Sughrue said that the suspects then headed to a truck stop on
Jones Sausage Road
off Interstate 40 East, where they left one of the cabs, hooked up the trailer to another cab and made their getaway. Authorities recovered the abandoned truck on Tuesday.
The truck stop is a popular stopping point for many truckers on I-40 and nearby I-95. Authorities said that the alleged stolen goods could have been transported anywhere in the United States.
"Presumably, all the goods were in the stolen trailers, and they haven't been seen since," said Sughrue.
Since the alleged heist could involve the transport of stolen goods across state lines, several state, local and federal law enforcement agencies are investigating the incident. For that reason, many details related to the investigation aren't being released, including information about possible suspects.
The trailer tags on the missing trailers are
Tennessee-issued T-290478 and Z-83247
. The license tag on the missing truck is
North Carolina-issued LM-1752
. If you have any information relating to this case, contact your local law enforcement office.