Published On: Tue, Jun 18th, 2019

Historic U.S. drug bust nets 16 tons of cocaine

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‘This is one of the largest drug seizures in United States history,’ tweets the US attorney for the Eastern District of Philadelphia

Published 7:27 AM, June 19, 2019

Updated 7:39 AM, June 19, 2019

DRUG BUST. A Philadelphia Police SUV drives out of the Packer Marine Terminal after US authorities seized more than 16 tons of cocaine at the terminal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 18, 2019. Photo by Dominick Reuter/AFP

DRUG BUST. A Philadelphia Police SUV drives out of the Packer Marine Terminal after US authorities seized more than 16 tons of cocaine at the terminal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 18, 2019. Photo by Dominick Reuter/AFP

NEW YORK, USA – US authorities said Tuesday, June 17, they had seized around 16 tons of cocaine with an estimated street value of over $1 billion in a historic drug bust aboard a ship at the port of Philadelphia.

“This is one of the largest drug seizures in United States history,” tweeted William McSwain, the US attorney for the Eastern District of Philadelphia.

“Members of the ship’s crew have been arrested and federally charged” following the drug bust at Philadelphia’s Packer Marine Terminal, McSwain’s office said on Twitter.

The drugs were found in 7 containers aboard the MSC Gayane cargo ship, which was leaving for Europe after having previously called in Chile, Panama and the Bahamas, according to local media.

(READ: Where P2.8-B cocaine ended up in PH over past decade)

Images broadcast on local television showed vehicles from the US Customs and Border Protection on the wharves of the port, and 4 agents boarding the large container ship.

The prosecutor’s office did not immediately confirm this information.

The bust comes after US authorities seized nearly 1.5 tons of cocaine in March – the biggest haul in nearly 25 years at the port of New York/Newark.

In a 2018 report, the US Drug Enforcement Administration said that cocaine use in the US had continued to increase in 2016 and 2017, and that 93% of the drug distributed in the country comes from Colombia, while 4% is from Peru.

The United States, the world’s largest consumer of illegal drugs, is also currently experiencing a deadly epidemic of opioid use.

Deaths from drug overdoses in the United States hit an average of 197 a day in 2017, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. – Rappler.com

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