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Record cocaine bust in Philadelphia

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 6/19/19, 11:16 am

Law enforcement officials seized 33,000 pounds of cocaine Tuesday from a container ship at the port of Philadelphia, the largest U.S. cocaine bust in three decades. The drugs, found in containers on the MSC Gayane, were potentially worth more than $1 billion on the street, officials said. “This is one of the largest drug seizures in United States history. This amount of cocaine could kill millions—MILLIONS—of people,” U.S. Attorney William McSwain tweeted.

Court documents revealed that smaller boats approached the ship at different times while it was off the coast of South America, and some crew members smuggled the cocaine aboard. The vessel arrived in the United States on Monday under the Liberian flag. The ship previously stopped at ports in Colombia, Peru, and Panama, according to online trackers. Colombia is the largest supplier of cocaine to the United States.

Two crew members face charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine aboard a ship. It’s unclear as to whether other crewmen will be charged.

The U.S. record for the largest cocaine bust goes to a 1989 operation that collected more than 21 tons of the drug in Los Angeles.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 06/19/2019 08:07 pm

    My suggestions for possible Democratic responses:

    ”This is doing serious damage to a crucial part of the economy!”

    ”This cocaine could have been sold and the money given to the poor.”

    ”More of Trump’s bullying of third world countries!”

    ”The whole drug trade problem started when Trump took office!”

    “Trump colluded with the Russians in bringing this dangerous drug into the country!”

    ”Trump is interfering with peoples’ right to make their own choices!”

    [on phone] “Honey, drop whatever you’re doing and go buy all the blow you can get your hands on!  The price is about to go way up!”

    and finally,

    ”Trump is shutting down minority economic opportunity!”

    No, no. Don’t shove, I’m leaving.