USD 1 Bn Worth of Cocaine Seized from MSC Ship in Philadelphia

Illustration. Source: Flickr - under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Kees Torn

U.S. authorities have seized over 16 tons of cocaine from an MSC containership at the Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia, prosecutors said on June 18.

The drugs were seized from the 2018-built Neopanamax MSC Gayane and represent the largest drug interdiction in the history of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, according to officials.

Mediterranean Shipping Company said it was aware of reports of the incident, adding that it takes this matter “very seriously and is grateful to the authorities for identifying any suspected abuse of its services.”

As explained, the seized cargo of around 16 tons of cocaine has a street value of over USD 1 billion.

Members of the ship’s crew have been arrested and charged, and the investigation is ongoing.

At least two members of the ship’s crew were charged with helping load the cocaine onto the MSC Gayane while it was at sea, local media cited court documents. A total of 14 boats are said to have approached the vessel on two separate occasions, while the crew helped transfer bales of cocaine from the boats to the containership. Other crew members were also allegedly involved.

World Maritime News Staff

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Dec 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference (OEEC) 2020

The three-day event includes an exhibition where an expected 600+ supply chain companies…

read more >

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology

As varied threats in the Mediterranean Sea continue to proliferate, the need to advance…

read more >

2nd GREENTECH IN SHIPPING GLOBAL FORUM

Forum you will find out from the regulators, government bodies and major ports’ representatives what the near…

read more >

7th Annual Arctic Exchange

Every year the Exchange invites delegates from across the globe to come together to listen to key senior management teams…

read more >