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Hearings slated for container ship crew after drug seizure

4 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 June 24, 2019 5:56 AM June 24, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: ABC News

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Detention hearings are scheduled in Philadelphia for six crew members of a Swiss-owned container ship following the seizure of more than 35,000 pounds, or more than 15,800 kilograms, of cocaine.

The six crew members of the MSC Gayane are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday detention hearings on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine aboard a ship. Authorities said they boarded the ship about a week ago for a routine screening but detected anomalies while examining seven shipping containers.

They said the drugs found on the vessel, which was sailing under a Liberian flag, had an estimated street value of $1.1 billion.

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