$38 million worth of cocaine seized at Port of Philadelphia

Steve Tawa
March 20, 2019 - 12:55 pm



PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Federal authorities have taken in quite a haul of cocaine at the Port of Philadelphia. 

Sources say it took nearly a full day to process the 450 bricks of cocaine — weighing nearly 1,200 pounds with a street value of $38 million, according to sources.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection only confirmed that it was a multi-agency operation at the port, where they discovered "alleged contraband inside a shipping container" aboard the MSC Desiree.

The Desiree, a Portugal-flagged container ship, was traveling from Peru to the Netherlands. Its previous ports of call on this leg were Panama and the Bahamas.

The case has since been turned over to Homeland Security investigations. 

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Earlier this month, border agents seized a nearly 615-pound shipment of marijuana at the Port of Philadelphia, en route from Puerto Rico to an address in North Jersey. The shipping container was filled mostly with rice, but drug-sniffing dogs found 252 marijuana bricks tucked underneath. It had a street value of about $2.5 million.

Also this month, authorities at the Port of New York and New Jersey seized about 3,200 pounds of cocaine on a container ship, worth an estimated street value of $77 million.