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‘Could kill millions’: $1bn worth of cocaine seized at Philadelphia port

‘Could kill millions’: $1bn worth of cocaine seized at Philadelphia port

The haul was seized Tuesday from a cargo ship, the MSC Gayane, at the Port of Philadelphia, the Inquirer reported.

Federal authorities arrested and charged two of the ship's crewmembers Ivan Durasevic and Fonofaavae Tiasaga. It wasn't immediately clear the number of crew members who have been arrested.

Another huge drug raid went down in February, when customs agents seized 3,200 pounds of cocaine at the Port of NY and New Jersey totaling about $77 million - the largest bust at a port since 1994.

U.S. Attorney William McSwain said in a tweet that so much cocaine "could kill millions - MILLIONS - of people". It wasn't clear whether other crew members would face charges. Check out the tweets from the USA attorney below.

This is one of the largest drug seizures in United States history.

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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. That was the largest cocaine bust at the ports since 1994. The DEA official said the ship originated from Chile and traveled through Panama and the Bahamas.

The U.S. attorney's office says it's one of the largest drug busts in American history.

A spokesperson for the EPDA told TIME that the name of the ship is MSC Gayane, which made several stops before reaching Philadelphia. Shipping records showed the ship arrived in port early Monday morning.

In a 2018 report, the US Drug Enforcement Agency said that cocaine use in the US had continued to increase in 2016 and 2017, and that 93 percent of the drug distributed in the country comes from Colombia, while four percent is from Peru.

Tuesday's seizure did not set a US record.