men have been charged with stealing a tractor-trailer loaded with
$1.8 million worth of cigarettes from a West Virginia rest stop.
If convicted, each man faces up to 10 years in prison and a possible
The men are
accused of breaking into the rig and hot-wiring the ignition Sept.
9 while it was parked at a rest area on the West Virginia Turnpike
about 25 miles south of Charleston.
Two men -
Antonio Evedio Rodriguez and Ricardo Sanchez, both of Miami -
allegedly broke into the rig and headed north on the turnpike.
According to authorities, it was not clear what the other men
did after the truck left the rest area.
located the truck about 8 miles outside Charleston. The pair was
apprehended after a short foot pursuit. The other suspects remain
The men reportedly
followed the tractor-trailer, which contained 42,000 pounds of
cigarettes, from a Phillip Morris facility near Huntersville,
NC, to the West Virginia rest stop.