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Jonesboro, AR — Bob Snell Reports

Thieves Rip-Off Reps for Viagra

November 12, 2003--Posted at 5:45 p.m.

Jonesboro, AR--Thieves hit a storage facility in Craighead county and made off with goods worth thousands of dollars. Investigators are looking for clues after someone ripped open nearly 40 units and they knew what they were looking for.

Sheriff's investigators say usually, when you think of storage unit theft, you think the thieves are going after electronics or tools, but not these guys. These thieves were after drugs, prescription drugs, specially the little blue pill, Viagra.

Ray Osment is one the owners of the storage facility and says Monday night, right after a delivery, someone broke into 39 of the climate controlled units, "They broke down all the doors, but all they took were the prescription drug samples and nothing else."

In this case the thieves got away with quite a haul of samples from drug reps, including antibiotics, high blood pressure medicine, anti-depressants, arthritis drugs, decongestants, and even Viagra, lots of the little blue pill.

"Apparently Viagra is used in conjunction with ecstasy at the rave parties, of course it's a sexual stimulant that they mix with the 'X'," according to Sheriff's Deputy Jared Bassham.

But investigators don't believe the drugs are staying in Region 8. "They could be in Memphis, Little Rock or Chicago by now and they're being sold on the black market, especially Viagra," said Sheriff Jack McCann. "I understand they're 10 to 15 dollars a piece and if they can sell them for half that they can still make a lot of money off of it."

And that's what it's costing Ray Osment, lots of money to make sure his customer's belongings are safe. "Something happens and you realize there's something you can do to prevent it and you do it," said Osment. "We're honestly working on a list right now trying to figure out whatever we can. We've got other security people coming, we're listening to the police, and if the drug companies have any ideas, we're open."

Osment also said, "No matter how secure you make this facility, if somebody really wants to break in, they'll find a way."

The drug rep that had all of his Viagra samples stolen said it's company policy not to talk to the media.

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