Feds: Amount of cocaine seized at Philly port is larger than estimated

Steve Tawa
June 26, 2019 - 9:47 pm

Courtesy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The record cocaine bust on an international cargo ship docked at the Philadelphia port has grown — again.

It began at around 16 tons, than moved up to 17.5 tons at a briefing, when federal authorities held a show-and-tell.

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The U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Wednesday that the actual weight of the seizure is nearly 20 tons, or 39,525 pounds.

It got larger after multi-agency teams removed and scanned all containers, searching all spaces for any additional concealed cocaine on the MSC Gayane, the three-football field long container ship.

Courtesy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Philadelphia

The feds have also upped the street value to nearly $1.3 billion.

It proved to be the largest cocaine seizure in the 230-year history of CBP.