According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, on Tuesday, more than $1 billion worth of cocaine was seized at the Philadelphia Port. They revealed that the massive drug bust netted approximately 16.5 tons of the narcotic from a cargo ship docked at the Packer Marine Terminal. A reported by a senior official at the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), this accounts for the largest cocaine bust in history in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the third largest in U.S. history.
The cargo ship, the MSC Gayane, is being searched by the federal authorities and investigations are continuing. The official from the DEA stated that the ship originated from Chile and traveled through Panama and the Bahamas. According to reports two members of the crew have been arrested and face federal charges.