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Huge drugs seizure in Philadeplhia from MSC vessel – Crew members arrested

Investigators believe the ship was loaded with drugs after it left its last port of call in the Bahamas. Two crew members have been arrested.

Federal authorities seized 15,000 kilos of cocaine, worth as much as $1 billion, at a Philadelphia shipping port, officials said Tuesday. A second mate and a crew member have been arrested in the massive bust.

There were 16.5 tons of the drug found in seven shipping containers late Monday night, officials said.

“This is one of the largest drug seizures in United States history,” U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania William McSwain tweeted. “This amount of cocaine could kill millions — MILLIONS — of people. My Office is committed to keeping our borders secure and streets safe from deadly narcotics.”

The street value of all the seized cocaine could be as high as $1 billion, according to federal prosecutors in Philadelphia.

The illicit haul was found aboard a cargo ship, the MSC Gayane, which had traveled from Chile, Panama and the Bahamas, according to NBC Philadelphia.

Federal authorities in Pennsylvania arrested and charged two of the MSC Gayane’s crew members with intentionally conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute.

MSC’s statement: 

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is aware of reports of an incident at the Port of Philadelphia in which U.S. authorities made a seizure of illicit cargo. MSC takes this matter very seriously and is grateful to the authorities for identifying any suspected abuse of its services.

Unfortunately, shipping and logistics companies are from time to time affected by trafficking problems. MSC has a longstanding history of cooperating with U.S. federal law enforcement agencies to help disrupt illegal narcotics trafficking and works closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

MSC is committed to working with authorities and industry groups worldwide to improve the security of the international supply chain and ensure that illegal practices are dealt with promptly and thoroughly by the relevant authorities.

Read more on NBC News.

 

Source: NBC News

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