Left Menu
Development News Edition

UPDATE 2-U.S. seizes 16.5 tons of cocaine from ship in Philadelphia

Reuters | Philadelphia | Updated: 19-06-2019 03:00 IST | Created: 19-06-2019 02:58 IST
UPDATE 2-U.S. seizes 16.5 tons of cocaine from ship in Philadelphia
Image Credit: Wikipedia

Federal authorities seized 16.5 tons of cocaine worth more than $1 billion from a ship in Philadelphia in one of the largest drug seizures in U.S. history, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.

"This amount of cocaine could kill millions - MILLIONS - of people," Philadelphia-based U.S. Attorney William McSwain said on Twitter. The cocaine was seized at Philadelphia's Packer Marine Terminal, and members of the ship's crew were arrested, prosecutors said.

The seizure ranks among some of the largest in U.S. history including a bust of 21 tons of cocaine in California in 1989 and 14 tons of cocaine confiscated in Texas during the same year. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia said it estimated the value of the cocaine seized at more than $1 billion.

Cocaine remains one of the most widely used illegal drugs in the United States, where most of the world's cocaine is consumed, according to federal officials. "There are troubling early signs that cocaine use and availability is on the rise in the United States for the first time in nearly a decade," the U.S. State Department said in a global narcotics trade report in 2017.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Canada’s COVID-19 pitfalls highlight need for integrated health information system

In the globalized world of today where outbreaks can spread far and wide within a matter of days, a global-level integrated health information system is ideal but Canadas provincial barriers show that the country lags much behind in deployi...

Pandemic must be impetus, not obstacle, for clean water access

To make matters worse, there are suspicions that the inadequacy of wastewater treatment methods in California, the rest of the USA, and indeed around the world may help to propagate the disease even more widely. ...

3D printing and the future of manufacturing post COVID-19

The on-demand, customizable, and localized manufacturing of product components facilitated by 3D printing has the potential to redefine manufacturing but there are certain technical, mechanical, and legal limitations that, unless ...

How UK’s 'best prepared' healthcare system failed to gauge COVID-19

The UK is proud of their public health system and its unlike any other country as around 90 percent of British public supports the founding principles of National Health Service. But without accurate data being available to stakeholders in ...

Videos

Latest News

Explosion targets convoy carrying U.S. military equipment near Iraq-Kuwait crossing -sources

An explosion near the Jraischan border crossing at the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border on Monday evening targeted a convoy carrying equipment for U.S. forces, three Iraqi security forces told Reuters. It was not immediately clear if there were any U.S...

1 dead, 6 rescued after gas explosion levels Baltimore homes

A natural gas explosion destroyed three row houses in Baltimore on Monday, killing a woman and trapping other people in the wreckage. At least six people were hospitalised as firefighters searched for more survivors. Dozens of firefighte...

Odd News Roundup: Big cats' droppings help German circus weather coronavirus crisis

Following is a summary of current odd news briefs.Big cats droppings help German circus weather coronavirus crisisOne creatures droppings can be anothers treasure, as Germanys Krone Circus is finding out during the new coronavirus pandemic....

Health News Roundup: Scared by Skopje flight, COVID test mandate; Cheaper saliva test seeks FDA approval and more

Following is a summary of current health news briefs. Scared by Skopje flight, Finland to mandate COVID-19 tests for travelersFinland will introduce mandatory coronavirus tests and quarantines for travelers from certain high-risk countries,...

Give Feedback