This means that, for now, the US authorities will not consider MSC as 'low-risk.' For this reason, more scrutiny of its shipments is expected. However, according to sources, MSC does not expect this development to disrupt greatly its operations.
US federal authorities seized 16.5 tons of cocaine, with a worth of more than $1 billion from a ship in Philadelphia. This is considered as one of the largest drug seizures in the US history, according to the US Justice Department.
Namely, federal, state and local law enforcement agents boarded the MSC Gayane on June 17. The container ship was docked in Philadelphia’s Packer Marine Terminal, with the authorities finding cocaine in seven shipping containers, a criminal complaint filed in Philadelphia federal court stated.
What is more, according to Reuters, federal authorities arrested and charged two of the ship's crew members. Both of them told investigators the way they helped load the ship with cocaine during its voyage.
The seizure has now taken its place among some of the largest in US history, such as a seizure of 21 tons of cocaine in California in 1989, as well as 14 tons of cocaine confiscated in Texas the same year.