Pharmaceutical Drug Heists on a Scale the Sopranos Would Love

First, the good news. In 2010 there were only 49 cargo thefts of drugs. Now the bad news: the average heist netted the thieves almost $4 million. (At $3.78 million per theft, drug heists were triple the value-per-incident of freight thefts of tobacco products, which came in second.) In one successful robbery of a Connecticut warehouse, the thieves made off with 70 pallets of drugs valued at $75 million.

Most of the stolen drugs end up shipped to Latin America or sold to online pharmacies.

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  1. Stephen C. says:

    Wouldn’t it be easier just to steal diamonds?

  2. Joe S. says:

    It must be easy to fence these drugs. Otherwise, people wouldn’t go to all the trouble to steal them.

  3. Devon Herrick says:

    This report refers to theft of freight cargo. I found it surprising that the value per incident approached $4 million. I’ve seen speculation that some of these were inside jobs since these drugs are not necessarily labeled. How else would a thief know which to steal.

  4. Virginia says:

    Amazing. It makes total sense, but I never would have thought to steal truckloads of prescription drugs. I guess if it is worth money, it is worth it for someone to steal it.