We know we have a severe problem of drug smuggling at our southern border. What we don’t hear about as often are reports of traffickers bringing loads of drugs in via the shipping lanes and seaports. We certainly don’t hear anything from Democrats who seem obsessed with allowing anybody to come into the country for any reason regardless of what crime of which they may have been accused or of which they have been convicted.
A huuuuuuuuuge bust was carried out recently in Philadelphia in which a 20-ton shipment of cocaine worth well over one billion dollars was intercepted. It was a record-setting haul.
Federal authorities seized a large cargo ship in Philadelphia in a failed 20-ton cocaine smuggling attempt valued at more than $1.3 billion. The Liberian flagged vessel is reportedly owned by JP Morgan Asset Management.
The seizure took place this week when the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection formally seized the MSC Gayane, after prosecutors filed a series of court documents. The ship is owned by JP Morgan Asset Management and chartered to the container ship operator MSC, The Wall Street Journal reported.
“A seizure of a vessel this massive is complicated and unprecedented – but it is appropriate because the circumstances here are also unprecedented. We found nearly 20 tons of cocaine hidden on this ship,” said U.S. Attorney William McSwain. “When a vessel brings such an outrageous amount of deadly drugs into Philadelphia waters, my Office and our agency partners will pursue the most severe consequences possible against all involved parties in order to protect our district – and our country.”
The seizure comes weeks after a June 17 raid on board the ship when federal state and local authorities found 19.76 tons of cocaine, Breitbart News reported. The ship is the largest of its kind ever seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the agency’s history, the amount of seized drugs is also considered record-setting.
The ship initially sailed from Chile and had stopped at Peru, Panama, and the Bahamas before sailing to Philadelphia. Authorities arrested and charged eight of the crew members with drug trafficking conspiracy, while the investigation is ongoing. The men are described as Serbian and Samoan.
The only thing I can credit these criminals with is their willingness to take a risk. I doubt the public will ever know who the real kingpin behind the operation was, but I certainly hope our Federal authorities have the ways and means to follow the money back to the originators.
I’m in no way an expert in investigative matters, but to my untrained eye, the ports at which the ship stopped along the way would be a matter of curiosity. What do you suppose they picked up? Did they have to make that many stops at the various ports to bring more product on board to create a full load? There are many questions and few answers.
What’s mind-boggling to me is the whole idea that there are so many countries in the world who express their hatred of the United States so openly with this kind of operation. They don’t seem to hate the money, though. Like so many of the anti-American goings-on, I bet if you could follow the money far enough, you’d find out who really wants us destroyed. Do we have any takers?