Feds seize 16.5 tons of cocaine from cargo ship MSC Gayane in Philadelphia

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Federal officials say they have seized 16.5 tons of cocaine with a street value of more than $1billion from a cargo ship docked in Philadelphia and bound for Europe.

The drugs were seized on Tuesday at the Packer Marine Terminal from cargo containers aboard the MSC Gayane, which arrived there on Monday after making a port call in Colombia on May 19.

Liberian-flagged - Ship - Stops - Peru - Panama

In between, the Liberian-flagged ship also made stops in Peru, Panama and the Bahamas, shipping records show.

Members of the ship's crew were arrested and federally charged, and the investigation is ongoing, according to the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Pennsylvania.

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The bust is the largest drug seizure in the history of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and among the largest ever in the U.S.

In 1989, 21 tons of cocaine were seized from a warehouse in Sylmar, California.

Drugs - Tuesday - US - Europe - Ship

It is unclear whether the drugs seized on Tuesday were intended for the U.S. or Europe, where the ship was ultimately bound.

'This amount of cocaine could kill millions – MILLIONS – of people,' U.S. Attorney William McSwain said on Twitter.

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'While the investigation is ongoing, I want to thank all of our federal, state, and local partners for...
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