Seventeen tons of coccaine seized

Multi-agency inspection nets Liberian-flagged container ship 

Seventeen tons of coccaine seized

Multi-agency inspection nets Liberian-flagged container ship 

04 July 2019 Thursday 11:44
Seventeen tons of coccaine seized

Azania Post/ Agencies
While narcotics smuggling continues to pose a real and tangible world threat more than 17 tons of coccaine with an estimated street value of about $1.1 billion is reported to have been seized from a Liberian-Flagged container ship in a multi-agency inspection.  This contraband was part of green pepper export.

A joint press conference held by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Philadelphia was told that this multi-agency seizure involving seven shipping containers aboard MSC Gayane was a CBP record. 

The operation took several days whereby CBP and HSI and  authorities and U.S. Coast Guard detected anomalies while examining seven shipping containers aboard the  1,030-foot container ship. 

The team escorted it to a port in South Philadelphia.  Containers were unloaded and escorted to CBP’s Centralized Examination Station where a  total of 15,582 bricks totaling more than 35,000 pounds tested positive for coccaine worth $1.2.billion plus a total of $56,330.  

CBP termed this discovery extremely unfortunate “particularly when such activities are perpetuated by the crew members of a commercial vessel”. Six crews were arrested.

 On its part, HSI pledged to “vigorously pursue investigations that target drug trafficking organizations engaged in the worldwide smuggling of dangerous narcotics.”

Updated: 04.07.2019 11:59
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