U.S. authorities seize 16.5 tons of cocaine in massive bustChristian Fernsby ▼ | June 19, 2019
The U.S. Attorney's Office of Eastern District of Pennsylvania said it had seized about 16.5 tons of cocaine, with a street value of over one billion U.S. dollars, the largest drug seizure in the district.
America Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia
According to local media, the cocaine were seized late Monday. The ship, named MSC Gayane, was believed to have shipped the drug from the Bahamas.
Local media cited law enforcement sources as saying that the ship made stops in Chile, Panama and the Bahamas prior to arriving at Philly.
William M. McSwain, attorney for the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, tweeted: "This is one of the largest drug seizures in United States history. This amount of cocaine could kill millions - Millions - of people." ■