A cop with a dog, inspect the container and along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, pennsylvania, on Tuesday, the 18th of June, 2019 at the latest. The AMERICAN authorities have seized more than $1 billion worth of cocaine from a ship in Philadelphia, in the harbor, calling it one of the largest drug busts in American history. The U. s. attorney’s office in Philadelphia announced a huge bust up on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. Officials said the agents seized approximately 16.5 tons (15 metric tons) of cocaine from a ship at the Packer Marine Terminal. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
PHILADELPHIA – the AMERICAN authorities have seized more than $1 billion worth of cocaine Tuesday from a ship in one of Philadelphia’s port, calling it one of the largest drug busts in American history.
The U. s. attorney’s office in Philadelphia announced a huge bust up on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, saying that law enforcement agents have seized about 33,000 pounds (15,000 kilograms of cocaine from a ship at the Packer Marine Terminal. The members of the crew were arrested and face federal charges.
The agents with the dogs, they say that the huge cargo ship which is docked on Tuesday afternoon, including an officer, who can be seen climbing into the back of a large red symbol on the wheels.
The drug of the seizure is the latest in a series of large cocaine busts on the east coast. In March, bust in Philadelphia, pennsylvania, the drug dogs sniffed out of 1,185 lbs (538 kg of cocaine with a value of approximately $38 million, at that time, the city’s largest seizure of the drug for more than two decades.
In February, customs agents seized 3,200 pounds (1,451 kilograms) in the Port of New York and New Jersey, with a street value estimated at $77 million. It was the largest cocaine bust in the gates, since 1994.
Online vessel trackers, said the ship is seized in Philadelphia by the name of MSC, Gayane, sailing under the flag of Liberia and arrived in Philadelphia, pennsylvania, after 5 pm on Monday. The vessel’s previous ports of call were in the Bahamas on the 31st of June in Panama on the 9th of June), Peru on May 24 and Columbia on May 19, records show.
Federal authorities say that Colombia is the primary supplier of cocaine to the U.S.
The owner of the vessel, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co., it said in a statement that it was “aware of reports of the incident at the Port of Philadelphia in which US authorities had a seizure of illicit cargo.” The private Swiss company said it “takes this matter very seriously and is grateful to the authorities for the purpose of identifying a suspicion of improper use of the services.”
By Michael Rubinkam reported from northeastern Pennsylvania.