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Federal officials seized approximately 16.5 tons of cocaine from a ship docked at Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The drug is estimated to be valued at more than $ 1 billion on the street, according to a statement from the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
According to an official statement, this would be the largest drug seizure in the history of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
In a message posted on Twitter, the US Attorney’s Office noted that members of the ship’s crew had been arrested and charged by the federal government, and noted that the investigation is still ongoing.
According to the local subsidiary of ABC News, citing a federal official, the ship, MSC Gayane, was on its way from Chile to Europe when they found the stash of drugs at a stop in Philadelphia.
The drugs were hidden in seven shipping containers on board the ship, according to a report by the news network.
The report indicates that the cocaine was removed from the ship and taken to an undisclosed federal center.
Source: Hoy Los Angeles