Massive haul of cocaine worth $1 billion seized at Philadelphia port

Authorities search a container along the Delaware River in Philadelphia Tuesday

Authorities search a container along the Delaware River in Philadelphia Tuesday

The U.S. Attorney's Office, Customs and Border Protection and Philadelphia Police did not immediately return requests for comment Tuesday.

More than $1 billion worth of cocaine was seized by federal authorities at a Philadelphia port Tuesday. It is the largest coke bust in history in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, CBS Philadelphia reported, and the third largest in US history, a senior official at the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) told CBS News.

Authorities made arrests of the crew and are investigating.

The drugs were concealed in seven shipping containers aboard the ship, an official told ABC News.

The office said it marks the largest drug seizure in the history of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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In February, customs agents seized 3,200 pounds at the Port of NY and New Jersey with a street value estimated at $77 million.

The bust is the biggest one to take place in the city, and this comes after a bust of $18 million in cocaine took place in March 2019.

Shown is the MSC Gayane container ship on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Tuesday.

Federal authorities say Colombia is the primary supplier of cocaine to the U.S. Online ship trackers said it sails under the flag of Liberia and arrived in Philadelphia after 5 a.m. Monday. According to VesselFinder.com, in the past month, the ship has docked in Freeport, Bahamas; Cristobal, Panama; Callao, Peru; and Buenoventura, Colomia.

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