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“This is one of the largest confiscations in the history of the United States, ” said US Attorney William McSwan , who shared photos of the intervention on his Twitter.
The authorities in Philadelphia continue to investigate the case of the cargo ship MSC Gayane, on board which more than 16 tons of cocaine have been found, which would have been shipped shortly after it sailed from Peru.
As seen in one of the images in the gallery, the ship, owned by Mediterranean Shipping Company, had previous stopovers in Chile, Peru, Panama and the Bahamas before berthing in Philadelphia on its way to Holland.
“This is one of the largest confiscations in the history of the United States,” said US Attorney William McSwan in a message on his Twitter account.
“This volume of cocaine could kill millions-MILLIONS of people,” he added on Twitter, where he shared photos of the intervention.
The authorities of at least six municipal, state and federal agencies, including the Customs and Border Protection Service and investigators from the Department of Homeland Security, inspected the ship throughout the day.
The Gayane had docked at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, from the Port of Philadelphia, early Monday morning after a months-long cruise.
The Philadelphia Enquirer newspaper quoted an unidentified port employee as saying that the researchers boarded the ship with dogs trained to sniff out drugs (see photos), about two hours after their arrival.
The authorities found the cocaine hidden in bags and stored along with legitimate cargo in containers destined for the United States and Europe.
Coast Guard agents examined the crew members and found traces of the drug in the hands and arms of the second officer, identified as Ivan Durasevic in the arrest documents.
Durasevic told investigators that he had been recruited by the first officer, whose name does not appear on court documents, to help at least two other crew members and four people wearing masks, to climb cocaine from small boats who approached the Gayane shortly after it sailed from Peru.
The suspect said he had been paid $ 50,000 for his collaboration. The other detained crew member, Fonofaavae Tiasaga, said Durasevic had recruited him for the job and paid him 50,000 euros to load cocaine on one of the ship’s previous trips.