Investigation underway after almost $1M of cancer drug stolen - WSMV News 4

Investigation underway after almost $1M of cancer drug stolen from semi

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The drugs were stolen out of this semi truck in Giles County. (Source: Giles County Sheriff's Department) The drugs were stolen out of this semi truck in Giles County. (Source: Giles County Sheriff's Department)
PULASKI, TN (WSMV) -

Giles County authorities are investigating the theft of a cancer treatment drug worth nearly $1 million.

According to the Giles County Sheriff's Department, an 18-wheeler hauling two pallets of the drug stopped for fuel just after 8 p.m. Thursday at the Pilot Travel Center at mile marker 22 of Interstate 65.

When the truck's driver went inside to pay, authorities believe someone traveling in a red Volvo 18-wheeler gained access to the truck and drove it back on to the interstate.

Deputies later found the stolen rig off I-65 in Frankewing, but its cargo was missing.

Authorities believe those responsible loaded the medication onto the other 18-wheeler and possibly headed south after destroying the tracking device for the drugs.

Investigators indicate this incident resembles the theft of similar drugs that have been sold on the black market out of Florida to foreign countries.

The medication, which is temperature sensitive and could be dangerous if taken without regulation, was being hauled from Kentucky to an oncology company in Dothan, AL.

The case remains under investigation by the Giles County Sheriff's Department and a host of other agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.

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