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Arrest in multi million dollar cigarette heist

Fri, 04 May 2012 07:51:15 CDT
By: Jim Browne

An arrest has been made in connection with a brazen theft in East Peoria two years ago. 46year old Cuban national Amed Villa is charged with stealing 3,500 cases of cigarettes from a warehouse in January of 2010. The heist was made possible after thieves stole semis from a Morton truck company to haul away the smokes, valued at $8-Million. Authorities say Villa is part of a crime syndicate that also stole prescription drugs worth some $80-Million in the east coast.   He was taken into custody in Miami Thursday.

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