Another sentencing for Lilly warehouse theft

Warehouse securityA US judge has delivered a second jail sentence related to the 2010 robbery at a warehousing facility run by Eli Lilly in Connecticut.

Five years after the crime, Cuban national Alexander Marquez was finally sentenced to one year in jail followed by three years of a supervised release, for his role in the theft at the facility in Enfield.

Marquez was arrested in April 2014 and pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of stolen property the following November, along with conspirator Rafael Lopez who is due to be sentenced on February 18.

Gang member Yosmany Nunez was sentenced to more than six years earlier this month, followed by three years' supervision, while two other men - brothers Amaury and Amed Villa - have not yet had a date set for their sentencing.

In the notorious theft, the gang disabled phone lines, cut a hole in the roof and rappelled down inside the warehouse to gain access to the telecommunications room, where they disabled the alarm and access control systems.

They then loaded approximately 53 pallets of pharmaceuticals into the tractor trailer, which they had backed up to the loading dock of the facility, making off with thousands of boxes of antipsychotic drug  Zyprexa (olanzapine), Cymbalta (duloxetine), antidepressant Prozac (fluoxetine), and cancer drug Gemzar (gemcitabine) as well as other medicines

The value of the medicines has been put at between $50m and $100m, according to the US Department of Justice, and they were eventually recovered by police and federal agents in 2012.

In the two sentencings condicted so far, the men have also been ordered to pay restitution in the approximate amount of $60m, with the exact amount "determined after further submissions by the parties."

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