In the United States on the ship found more than 16 tons of cocaine: the cost of smuggling more than a billion

The US authorities confiscated contraband kokain weight 16.5 tonnes, with an estimated cost of one billion dollars.

As reported in the Federal Prosecutor’s office, drugs were found in seven cargo containers on the ship MSC Gayane after the ship arrived at Packer marine terminal in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania).

Federal authorities seized more than 16 tons of cocaine from a cargo ship docked at the Port of Philadelphia — a massive haul whose estimated worth of more than $1 billion made it one of the largest cocaine busts in the nation’s history.

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The U.S. attorney’s office called it one of the largest drug seizures in U.S. history.

«This amount of cocaine could kill millions — MILLIONS — people — tweeted U.S. attorney William Macswain. We seek to secure our borders and protect the city from the deadly drugs.»

While the charges brought by the second mate of the captain and another crew member. According to investigators, the detainees confessed and gave written statements.

So, the second mate Ivan Djurasevic for downloading of cocaine on the ship was to receive $50,000 in bitcoin. While the ship was at sea, at night to it at different points came on 14 separate boats with the bales of cocaine. Djurasevic and a sailor named Fonowave Tiasha used marine crane for loading bales onto a ship and hid them in legitimate cargo.

The cost of such a huge consignment of drugs is estimated at approximately a billion dollars.

This is not the first time in the port of Philadelphia seized a large consignment of contraband. So, in may there was discovered 450 kilograms of cocaine, and in March to 538 pounds.

In the port of Philadelphia noted that the investigation is ongoing, and until they can give comments.