It was the biggest drug heist in American history. Burglars drove an 18-wheeler up to the Eli Lilly distribution center in Enfield, Connecticut, disabled its security system, rappelled through the roof and made off with $75 million in pharmaceuticals. [UPDATE May 7, 2013 - case dismissed, then refiled with new claims against ADT / Tyco].
Last summer, the U.S. Attorney’s office indicted 11 people for selling drugs stolen from the facility [link no longer available], but the burglary case has centered around the Villa brothers, Amaury and Amed, who are now awaiting trial in Connecticut [link no longer available].
Eli Lilly’s insurance company, National Union Fire Insurance, is suing Tyco and ADT to recover money it paid out after the heist. National Union believes ADT’s failure to protect sensitive security information led to the heist and is asking for $42 million in damages. In this note, we review the complaint and situation.
According to court filings, ADT has provided security equipment and monitoring for Eli Lilly’s Enfield locations since 1974. In August 2004, ADT reviewed the distribution center’s security system and provided Eli Lilly with a report that included an inventory of all its existing security equipment and suggestions for additional surveillance. Later than year, Eli Lilly signed a 5-year contract with ADT to implement the improvements noted in the report. The contract included annual inspections and reports.
In 2009, ADT again evaluated the Enfield facility, this time to “review of the adequacy of the services provided” under the 2004 contract.