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Lost: $75M in stolen pills — if found, please return to Eli Lilly

In what one expert called the “Brinks pill heist,” a team of robbers made off with more than $75 million worth of prescription drugs.

The pills — enough to fill a tractor trailer — were stolen from an Eli Lilly warehouse in Enfield, Massachusetts.

The thieves clearly had a detailed plan which involved scaling a brick wall, disabling the facility’s alarms and loading pallets of drugs into their vehicle. The heist, which took at least an hour, happened during a torrential pre-dawn rainstorm which may have given the crooks additional cover.

The drugs stolen were primarily antidepressants, such as Prozac and Cymbalta, as well as other psychotropics including Zypreza. No painkillers or other narcotics were at the facility.

Experts said the drugs stolen probably have a street value of $20-$25 million and are most likely destined for the overseas black market.

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