$1 Billion Worth Of Cocaine Seized In Historic Philadelphia Raid

Clay Curtis
June 19, 2019

Agents with dogs swarmed the colossal container ship Tuesday afternoon, including one officer who could be seen climbing into the back of a large red container on wheels.

The drugs were found inside eight containers on a cargo ship, according to CNN affiliate WPVI.

Federal prosecutors call it one of the largest cocaine seizures in US history.

The cocaine was seized from the ship MSC Gayane, which was traveling from Chile, Panama and the Bahamas before docking in Philadelphia's Delaware River.

Federal officials from the EPDA, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Coast Guard were involved in the bust, along with Philadelphia Police, according to the EPDA.

It's the largest seizure in the district's history, the office said.

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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.

Officials in March seized $77 million in cocaine at the Port of NY and New Jersey.

McSwain, noting the recent trend to mix cocaine with fentanyl, told NBC Philadelphia that "the ship contained enough cocaine to 'kill millions of people'". That was the largest cocaine bust at the ports since 1994.

Mere months after 992 pounds of cocaine were seized from a ship in Philadelphia, the city has just hit a new record by multiplying that amount by a bunch.

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