Hydrocodone hijacked; DEA sends out alert

July 2, 2007

A tractor trailer carrying more than 16 million doses of hydrocodone was stolen from an Illinois truck stop in June.

A tractor trailer carrying more than 16 million doses of hydrocodone was stolen from an Illinois truck stop in June. The truck was carrying more than 47,000 bottles of the drug in various strengths and lot numbers from a Watson Pharmaceuticals manufacturing plant in Corona, Calif., to a distribution center in Illinois when it was intercepted. The FBI and DEA are investigating the hijacking, and DEA is strongly urging anyone with information on the missing drugs to contact the agency at once.

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