More than $1 Billion worth of Cocaine Seized at Philadelphia Port

Investigators believe there is still a significant amount of cocaine remaining on the ship.

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16.5 tons of cocaine worth $1 billion seized at Philadelphia port
16.5 tons of cocaine worth $1 billion seized at Philadelphia port

Transport ship full of cocaine was discovered and confiscated at a port in Philadelphia in what the police described as the biggest seizure in the history of the region.

U.S. Attorney William McSwain said there was enough cocaine in the ship to kill millions.

A public official informed NBC Philadelphia that more than 15,500 kilos of cocaine were discovered in seven containers found aboard a cargo ship, the MSC Gayane, which had earlier stopped in Colombia, Chile, Panama and the Bahama, in other words nearly every known nation exporting drugs, so finding the guilty can be difficult.

Over $1 Billion Worth Of Cocaine Seized At Philadelphia Port, U.S. Attorney's Office Says
Over $1 Billion Worth Of Cocaine Seized At Philadelphia Port, U.S. Attorney’s Office Says

At least two Gayane crew members were charged with trafficking, according to a U.S.-filed complaint on Tuesday. It was also alleged that other crew members were involved, the complaint charges. Those detained have been charged with allegations of domestic substance smuggling. Eastern Pennsylvania attorney said; they supposedly brought the drugs on board while at sea, said the complaint.

Officials with the Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Administration are engaged in the inquiry, one official defined as “massive.”

The second mate of the ship, recognized as Ivan Durasevic, reportedly confessed “his part in putting cocaine  aboard the ship,” said the federal complaint. He’s likely facing several life sentences in a row. After leaving Peru on this present journey, he received a call from the Chief Officer to come down to the deck, at which point he saw nets by the crane on the ship’s port side, “the complaint said. “Durasevic and possibly four others, some of whom were carrying ski masks, helped push the nets to Hold Seven or Eight of the ship.”

At least twice while the vessel was traveling between stops in Chile and Panama, countless smaller ships approached the Gayane at sea to deliver big packages of cocaine, according to the complaint to NBC10.

No crew members other than Durasevic and Tiasaga had been identified; although it is not anticipated that a “Keyser Soze” will be on the manifesto.

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