Federal agencies seized 15,000 kg of cocaine worth up to $ 750 million on Tuesday in a Philadelphia port.
The 33,000 pounds or 16.5 tons of the drug were found in seven ships Officials said containers would be shipped late Monday evening.
The federal prosecutor in Philadelphia said it was the largest drug seizure ever in their region. The human toll this amount of drugs could have claimed is distressing, according to William McSwain, US attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. "This is one of the largest drug seizures in US history," tweeted McSwain . . "This amount of cocaine could kill millions – MILLION people – my office is anxious to protect our borders and protect the streets from deadly narcotics."
The illegal cargo, according to NBC Philadelphia on a cargo ship, the MSC Gayane, Previously Arriving from Chile, Panama and the Bahamas
A senior police officer told NBC News that the authorities believe the ship was drugged in the Bahamas. The ship also made earlier stops in South America before it came to Philadelphia. The Guard is conducting a multi-agency inspection of shipping containers aboard a merchant ship in the Port of Philadelphia. "A statement states," We will post additional details if appropriate. "
Cocaine abuse has increased, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The worrying trend began around 2012, before cocaine deaths occurred, according to CDC by 34 percent by 2017.
David K. Li contributed.