Illinois

Man tied to thefts of $90M in goods gets 7 years in prison

A man linked to heists in several states that yielded about $90 million worth of prescription drugs, cigarettes, cellphones and other goods has been sentenced in Connecticut to seven years in prison.

Amed Villa was sentenced Monday in federal court in New Haven. The 51-year-old Cuban citizen who lived in Miami pleaded guilty to multiple theft and conspiracy charges.

Prosecutors said Villa and four other men stole about $60 million worth of prescription drugs from an Eli Lilly Co. warehouse in Enfield in 2010. The other four men also pleaded guilty. Three of them received prison time.

Authorities say Villa and others also stole millions of dollars in goods from warehouses in Colonial Heights, Virginia; East Peoria, Illinois; Orlando, Florida; and Leitchfield, Kentucky in 2010 and 2011.