Update: Ship owner says it’s cooperating in coke bust
By The Associated Press06/18/19, 21:55
The Latest on a large seizure of cocaine from a container ship in Philadelphia (all times local):
The owner of a container ship where U.S. law enforcement officials say they found about 33,000 pounds (15,000 kilograms) worth of cocaine says it “takes this matter very seriously.”
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co. said Tuesday in a statement that it has a “longstanding history of cooperating” with law enforcement agencies to target drug traffickers.
Federal agents raided the MSC Gayane on Tuesday and seized the cocaine from the Swiss-owned company’s ship.
The U.S. attorney’s office says it’s one of the largest drug busts in American history.
Members of the crew were arrested and face federal charges.
The company says it’s grateful to authorities for “identifying any suspected abuse of its services.”
U.S. authorities have seized more than $1 billion worth of cocaine from a ship at a Philadelphia port, calling it one of the largest drug busts in American history.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Philadelphia announced the massive bust on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. Officials said agents seized about 16.5 tons (15 metric tons) of cocaine from a large ship at the Packer Marine Terminal.
U.S. Attorney William McSwain said in a tweet that so much cocaine “could kill millions — MILLIONS — of people.”
The drug seizure is the latest in a series of large cocaine busts along the East Coast.
Authorities say members of the ship’s crew have been arrested and charged.