Massive haul of cocaine worth $1 billion seized at Philadelphia port

21 June, 2019, 01:27 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Over 16 tons of cocaine seized at Delaware River shipping terminal in Philly could be largest drug bust is U.S. history

Those on the ship were arrested and federally charged, authorities said.

The MSC Gayane container ship flies under the flag of Liberia.

The 33,000 pounds or 16.5 pretty quite a lot of the drug used to be found out in seven shipping containers tiresome Monday evening, officers said.

It is believed that the ship might have been loaded with the narcotics cargo in the Bahamas, NBC News reported, citing a senior law enforcement official.

Federal authorities seized 16.5 tons of cocaine worth more than US$1 billion from a ship in Philadelphia in one of the largest drug seizures in US history, the US Justice Department said on Tuesday.

According to ABC News, this is the biggest cocaine bust to ever take place in the city.

The US Attorney's Office called it one of the largest drug seizures in US history.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office, Customs and Border Protection and Philadelphia Police did not immediately return requests for comment Tuesday.

William McSwain, a USA attorney for the EDP, tweeted that the amount of cocaine seized could kill millions of people.

The drugs were found in shipping containers on the MSC Gayane after it arrived at Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia.

Reports said 14 different boats approached the ship at sea at different locations with bales of cocaine wrapped in netting.

'While the investigation is ongoing, I want to thank all of our federal, state, and local partners for your incredible work so far in this investigation, ' he continued. At that price, sold by the kilo, the drugs would be worth more than $419 million.

Fentanyl is "50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine", and is responsible for thousands of overdose deaths each year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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