Stolen trailer carrying an estimated $4 million in pharmaceuticals recovered

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Apr. 27, 2007 - Officers with the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office and an area auto task force were searching Friday morning for suspects who stole a trailer full of medications Thursday night.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Hopkins County Sheriff's Investigators Jace Anglin and Lewis Tatum, and auto theft task force investigators Jeremy Massey and John Murphy with the stolen trailer carrying $4 million in pharmaceuticals that was recovered today.

The trailer was recovered around 1:30 this morning in Rains County with $4 million worth of pharmaceuticals still inside.

Sheriff's officers at 8:10 p.m. Thursday were told that a white 18-wheeler had just been stolen from Joe Bob's North on State Highway 19 in Birthright. Sgt. Victor Cosme responded and then contacted sheriff's Investigator Lewis Tatum, who then got in touch with East Texas Auto Task Force Investigator Jeremy Massey and Sgt. John Murphy with an auto task force out of Garland. 

A bulletin was put out to area agencies to be on the lookout for the white truck and box trailer. The Grey Knight Transportation driver said he had gone inside the convenience store briefly and the truck was stolen while he was inside.

At 1:24 a.m. this morning sheriff's officers were notified that Rains County officer Charles Dickerson had located the stolen trailer on SH 19 south just inside Rains County. The trailer had been stashed behind a big gravel pile where the suspects were using paint rollers in an attempt to paint over the identification on the truck with white paint. They fled when authorities approached. 

Tatum, Massey, Murphy, Hopkins County Sheriff Butch Adams, Investigator Lewis Tatum, Sgt. Todd Evans and deputy Paul Fenimore responded at the location, where the trailer was found to still contain what appeared to be all $4 million worth of boxed pharmaceuticals. Officers searched for the suspects this morning but had yet to apprehend anyone as of 11:30 a.m. Friday. 

They were still following up on leads this morning, including one which they believe might implicate at least one person.

Massey also said that officerss had located another trailer, which appeared to have been altered and which they suspect the suspects were planning to also steal.

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