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Biggest cocaine haul from US ship grows, arrests now stand at 6

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:00 AM
An officer stand guard over a fraction of the cocaine seized from a ship at a Philadelphia port that was displayed at a news conference at the U.S. Custom House in Philadelphia, today.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal authorities have upped the amount of cocaine they say they've seized from a ship at the Philadelphia port to more than 35,000 pounds, or 15,876 kilograms.

They said it's the largest cocaine haul in the history of U.S. Customs. They put the street value of the drugs at $1.1 billion.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the investigation has now resulted in a total of six arrests. The arrests of two crew members were announced Tuesday.

Agents are still inspecting containers aboard the MSC Gayane, which was flying under a Liberian flag.

Authorities first boarded the ship Sunday night and began a full investigation Monday.

Under heavy security, federal agents lined the foyer of Philadelphia's Custom House with thousands of pounds of seized cocaine ahead of a briefing on the ongoing investigation.