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Cocaine haul from ship grows, arrests now stand at 6

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    An officer stand guard over a fraction of the cocaine seized from a ship at a Philadelphia port that was displayed at a news conference at the U.S. Custom House in Philadelphia, Friday, June 21, 2019. Federal officials have estimated the seized drugs had a street value of more than $1 billion. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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    A fraction of the cocaine seized from a ship at a Philadelphia port is displayed ahead of a news conference at the U.S. Custom House in Philadelphia, Friday, June 21, 2019. Federal officials have estimated the seized drugs had a street value of more than $1 billion. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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    A fraction of the cocaine seized from a ship at a Philadelphia port is displayed ahead of a news conference at the U.S. Custom House in Philadelphia, Friday, June 21, 2019. Federal officials have estimated the seized drugs had a street value of more than $1 billion. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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    Officers stand guard over a fraction of the cocaine sized from a ship at a Philadelphia port is seen ahead of a news conference at the U.S. Custom House in Philadelphia, Friday, June 21, 2019. Federal officials have estimated the seized drugs had a street value of more than $1 billion. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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    Officers stand guard over a fraction of the cocaine sized from a ship at a Philadelphia port is seen ahead of a news conference at the U.S. Custom House in Philadelphia, Friday, June 21, 2019. Federal officials have estimated the seized drugs had a street value of more than $1 billion. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Published June 21. 2019 09:38PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal authorities have upped the amount of cocaine they seized from a ship at the Philadelphia port to more than 35,000 pounds, or 15,876 kilograms, making it the largest cocaine haul in the history of U.S. Customs, authorities said Friday.

They put the street value of the drugs at $1.1 billion. Laid end to end, the bricks of cocaine would stretch about 2 ½ miles, or just over 3 kilometers, said Casey Durst, director of field operations in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Baltimore field office.
The investigation has now resulted in the arrests of six crew members, all of whom are due for federal court hearings Monday. They have all been charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine aboard a ship, and each has been appointed a federal public defender.
"You thought you could breeze to our port and leave with enough cocaine to destroy millions of lives without getting caught. You thought you were clever. You were wrong," said U.S. Attorney William McSwain, whose office is handling the prosecutions. "You underestimated the city, you underestimated our law enforcement capabilities, and you underestimated our commitment to decimate the evil and immoral drug trade."
Agents on Friday were still inspecting containers aboard the MSC Gayane, a cargo ship owned by Swiss firm MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co. which was sailing under a Liberian flag. MSC is a Swiss-based shipping company, one of the world's largest shipping lines in terms of containers, McSwain said. A message seeking comment from the shipping line on the latest charges wasn't returned Friday.
McSwain said his office is considering all available options, including the possible forfeiture of the ship.
Authorities boarded the ship Sunday night for a routine screening, and detected anomalies while examining seven shipping containers on board, they said. Agents escorted the ship into its berth in Philadelphia and a full investigation began on Monday, leading to the discovery of the cocaine.
Under heavy security, federal agents displayed thousands of pounds of seized cocaine during a Friday briefing at Philadelphia's Custom House. Cardboard boxes were stacked higher than the agents guarding them, and piles of green and blue wrapped bricks were stacked in pyramids in the building's foyer.
James Carroll, director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, said the Trump administration is committed to hunting down drug traffickers and bringing them to justice.
"Make no mistake, we will use every resource at our disposal to find these traffickers and once we have them in custody we will employ the fullest measure of the law possible," he said. "We also must never forget to help our fellow citizens who are struggling with addiction and need help."

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The port of entry? A sanctuary city of corse. Lawlessness runs rampant in America, but why not? What's to stop it? Do the atheists offer hope? Is ultimate knowledge in the form of college degrees giving us any answers? What, oh what could we do? Man is blowing his opportunity to rule over man by laws, and it ain't do to lack of laws. Why, oh why are we so lawless?

Better yet... those ingesting all these drugs... why do they do that? Are they hopeless, or do they just fail to find contentment? Both perhaps? Well then, where would one find contentment... here under the sun?

Enjoy the day. This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice, and be glad in it!

Peace
Wait a second, this story is about the largest bust in history, a true accomplishment and something we should be thanking law enforcement for but instead you are saying this is an example of lawlessness? You’ll say anything to rip our law enforcement folks apparently.
Come on Joe. You must wise up if you ever aspire to be a productive member of society. It should be easy for one to figure out what Mr. Meyers means. Firstly, the LEOs (Law Enforcement Officers) did a great job. The discussion of “lawlessness”, I presume, is about the Sanctuary City designation. You see, smugglers would be more prone to try to beat Customs at a Sanctuary City because they would hope for success & sympathy there. I do not want to put words in anyone’s mouth, but, I think that this is what Meyers meant. Put simply, would you like an easy inspector, or, a hard one? It is human nature to seek out weak points. Please stop playing dumb in order to make President Trump look stupid. That “strategy” is making you look dumb. Take for example, your statement that Meyers will “say anything to rip...” is wrong. Meyers is 100% for LEO’s. You try to make hay out of a misrepresentation and/or misunderstanding that you care little to clarify...for some peculiar reason. That peculiar reason is Trump Derangement Syndrome. Why bother with facts when you have an agenda to advance? I challenge you, Joe, to prove that you are better than this.
Joe the Spin Doctor! Ha Ha Ha you've got to be a Democrat! I wasn't ripping any one person, and certainly not law enforcement. You crack me up. You reveal the ignorance, only found among the truest liberal. You're a lib Joe Ha Ha Ha.
We are a society of many laws, and we break them constantly. My point is that laws and more laws is not the answer. How could I expect you to catch that? Come on Joe, quit twisting my words.
Come on Joe. Playing ignorant never makes you out to be a self-proclaimed genius. You are rendered intellectually useless with your Trump Derangement Syndrome. Yesterday Eric Trump was spat upon by a restaurant worker. I ask you if this “lawlessness” is encouraged by you liberal haters? How about the continuation and expansion of an investigation that came out with no charges after 2 years? How about Rep. Omar marrying her brother as immigration fraud? How about the border lawlessness? How about the lawlessness and disrespect of overlooking a Medal Of Honor recipient to insult President Trump and America ? You are a fraud to yourself Joe. Liberals using “ends justify the means” politics is lawlessness. How about refusing to accept the legitimate election results of the Presidential Election?

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