Cargo ship seized in Philadelphia after 20 tonnes of cocaine discovered on board
US customs has anchored a cargo ship in Philadelphia, after agents found 20 tonnes of cocaine on board last month.
It was been described as the biggest cocaine bust in US customs history and thought to be worth more than $1bn (£800m).
Officials say that if the cocaine bricks were to be lined up end-to-end, they would stretch for more than two miles (3.2km).
The MSC Gayane, which is registered in Liberia, West Africa, will now remain in Philadelphia waters while officers continue to seize drugs on board the boat.
Six members of the crew have since been arrested and charged for their alleged roles in bringing the drugs on board while the ship was off the coast of Peru in June.
US attorney Willam McSwain said the seizure was part of a process to “mete out” punishment to those involved.
He said: “A seizure of a vessel this massive is complicated and unprecedented – but it is appropriate because the circumstances here are also unprecedented……..read more
Source: Sky News