The drugs were found in seven containers aboard the MSC Gayane cargo ship.
US authorities said Tuesday they had seized around 16 tonnes of cocaine with an estimated street value of over $1 billion in a historic drug bust aboard a ship at the port of Philadelphia.
"This is one of the largest drug seizures in United States history," tweeted William McSwain, the US attorney for the Eastern District of Philadelphia.
"Members of the ship's crew have been arrested and federally charged" following the drug bust at Philadelphia's Packer Marine Terminal, McSwain's office said on Twitter.
The drugs were found in seven containers aboard the MSC Gayane cargo ship, which was leaving for Europe after having previously called in Chile, Panama and the Bahamas, according to local media.
The bust comes after US authorities seized nearly 1.5 tonnes of cocaine in March -- the biggest haul in nearly 25 years at the port of New York/Newark.
The United States, the world's largest consumer of illegal drugs, is currently experiencing a deadly epidemic of opioid use.
Deaths from drug overdoses in the United States hit an average of 197 a day in 2017, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After being acquitted of murder in 1995’s Trial of the Century and serving nine years in prison for robbery and kidnapping, former football sensation OJ Simpson is focusing on the positives.
An American teenager has been charged with conspiring to murder her "best friend" after a man she met online offered her $9 million to commit the crime.
Police in Chicago charged three people on Thursday in connection with the murder of a pregnant teenager whose unborn baby was taken from her womb after her death.
The crash began with a reported stabbing in Dayton, police said, and a pickup truck accident in the Dayton suburb of Riverside at about 7:30 p.m. Apparently, the suspect in the reported stabbing fled that scene and then crashed the pickup, police said.
There are seven “fixed clinics” across the country at the ongoing 10-day Pink Caravan Ride free breast cancer awareness-cum-consultations of the Sharjah-based charity organization Friends of Cancer Patients.
A biotechnologist from Japan said mesenchymal stem cells from the bone marrow of the healthy and the young, cures inflammatory conditions and so far, some illnesses.
The Dubai Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced two out of 11 defendants to 10 years in jail for one of them and 7 years to the other to be followed by deportation on charges of fraud and stealing Dhs27 million.
An Arab man should be executed for premeditatedly murdering his friend after stabbing his heart, and claiming his life during a quarrel between them, the Ajman Criminal Court has ruled. The parents of the victim have refused the blood money.