Theft of rig carrying drugs is investigated

TEMPLE, Ga. — The reported theft of a tractor-trailer carrying about $8.8 million in pharmaceutical drugs from a truck stop in Georgia has prompted an investigation, authorities said Wednesday.

The stolen 2007 Peterbilt 18-wheeler was valued at $100,000, Temple Police Chief Ed Whitt said. He said the medication it was hauling included blood thinners and cold and nasal medicine. The theft happened Friday night at the Pilot truck stop off Interstate 20. He said the driver had picked up the load in the Atlanta area and had stopped at the Temple truck stop to take a shower. He had locked the truck and taken the keys with him.

T he Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the FBI are involved in the investigation, said GBI spokesman John Bankhead.