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Feds seize more than 16 tons of cocaine at Philadelphia terminal

Feds seize more than 16 tons of cocaine at Philadelphia terminal

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Updated: 4:39 PM EDT Jun 18, 2019

Federal authorities seized about 16½ tons of cocaine Tuesday from a large ship at the Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia, prosecutors said.Members of the ship's crew were arrested and federally charged. The investigation is ongoing, said a tweet from the U.S. Attorney's Office for Eastern District of Pennsylvania.It's the largest seizure in the district's history, the office said.The drugs were found inside eight containers on a cargo ship, according to CNN affiliate WPVI.A kilogram of cocaine sells for about $28,000, according to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime's 2016 estimate. At that price, sold by the kilo, the drugs would be worth more than $419 million.The U.S. Attorney's Office estimates the street value at more than $1 billion.The seizure comes on the heels of several major busts at the Port of Philadelphia, located about 8 miles up the Delaware River from the Packer Marine Terminal.Among them were seizures of 450 kilograms of cocaine in May, 538 kilos of cocaine in March and 50 kilos of the powerful opioid, fentanyl, in July, WPVI reported.

Federal authorities seized about 16½ tons of cocaine Tuesday from a large ship at the Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia, prosecutors said.

Members of the ship's crew were arrested and federally charged. The investigation is ongoing, said a tweet from the U.S. Attorney's Office for Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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

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

A kilogram of cocaine sells for about $28,000, according to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime's 2016 estimate. At that price, sold by the kilo, the drugs would be worth more than $419 million.

The U.S. Attorney's Office estimates the street value at more than $1 billion.

The seizure comes on the heels of several major busts at the Port of Philadelphia, located about 8 miles up the Delaware River from the Packer Marine Terminal.

Among them were seizures of 450 kilograms of cocaine in May, 538 kilos of cocaine in March and 50 kilos of the powerful opioid, fentanyl, in July, WPVI reported.

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