Fla. man pleads guilty in $80M heist in Conn.

The Eli Lilly warehouse is seen in Enfield, Conn., in this Tuesday, March 16, 2010, file photo. (AP Photo/Journal Inquirer, Leslloyd F. Alleyne, File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to participating in the 2010 theft of about $80 million in prescription drugs from an Eli Lilly warehouse in Connecticut.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 39-year-old Amaury Villa of Miami pleaded guilty Friday to federal conspiracy and theft charges. Sentencing is July 24.

His brother, Amed Villa, pleaded guilty last year to theft and conspiracy charges in the case and awaits sentencing. Three additional Florida men were charged last month with participating in the theft.

Authorities say the heist in Enfield — believed to be the largest in Connecticut history — included thousands of boxes of Zyprexa, Cymbalta, Prozac, Gemzar and other drugs.

Prosecutors say thieves cut a hole in the roof, lowered themselves to the floor and disabled alarms before loading pallets of drugs into a tractor trailer driven to Florida.


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