In what authorities are calling one of the biggest drug busts in U.S. history, More than a billion dollars worth of cocaine has been seized from a container ship at a port in Philadelphia.
Like the savvy social media users they must be, the U.S. attorney’s office announced the bust via its Twitter account Tuesday, along with some pretty blah pictures of the raid.
Officials raided the enormous ship, armed with drug dogs. Members of the ship’s crew were arrested and will face federal charges, according to the Associated Press.
Officials said the total amount of cocaine seized came out to about 16.5 tons. That makes it a landmark in U.S. drug history.
Earlier this year, authorities confiscated 1,185 pounds of cocaine in Philadelphia and at that time it was the largest cocaine seizure in more than twenty years.
New York also made headlines in February when customs agents took a little over three tons of yayo in the city. But both busts pale in comparison to this most recent raid.
According to the AP, the container ship in question, the MSC Gayane, is from Liberia and arrived in Philadelphia on Monday after stopping previously in the Bahamas, Peru, and Colombia.
Authorities say that Colombia is still the leading supplier of cocaine in the United States.
The ship’s owner is the MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co., a privately owned company out of Switzerland. The company has issued a statement saying it was “aware of reports of an incident at the Port of Philadelphia in which U.S. authorities made a seizure of illicit cargo” and that it “takes this matter very seriously and is grateful to the authorities for identifying any suspected abuse of its services.”