Feds Seize More Than 16 Tons of Cocaine at Philadelphia Terminal

Packer Marine Terminal, Philadelphia, PA

PHILADELPHIA — Federal authorities seized about 16½ tons of cocaine Tuesday from a large ship at the Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia, prosecutors said.

Members of the ship’s crew were arrested and federally charged. The investigation is ongoing, said a tweet from US Attorney’s Office for Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

It’s the largest seizure in the district’s history, the office said.

The drugs were found inside eight containers on a cargo ship, according to CNN affiliate WPVI.

A kilogram of cocaine sells for about $28,000, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s 2016 estimate. At that price, sold by the kilo, the drugs would be worth more than $419 million.

The US Attorney’s Office estimates the street value at more than $1 billion.

The seizure comes on the heels of several major busts at the Port of Philadelphia, located about 8 miles up the Delaware River from the Packer Marine Terminal.

Among them were seizures of 450 kilograms of cocaine in May, 538 kilos of cocaine in March and 50 kilos of the powerful opioid, fentanyl, in July, WPVI reported.

4 comments

  • yougottabekiddin1

    Why not report where the containers originated from? Good guess is “Our good friends from the south” as one party calls them!

    • Bob Stevens

      The point is most of the drugs come through ports, not the southern border, it a wall wouldn’t of helped here.
      We should still build the wall to impend physical travel of what people and drugs do come across the southern border.
      Also… more like 16 ton of fun. End the war on drugs and the value of this crap goes away. Fight the Cartels and black market with capitalism.

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