The development appeared to be the largest drug seizure in the history of Pennsylvania's Eastern District, according to an official statement posted on Twitter.
— U.S. Attorney EDPA (@USAO_EDPA) June 18, 2019
In another tweet, the US Attorney's Office noted that members of the ship’s crew had been arrested and federally charged, and observed that the investigation is on-going.
According to the local ABC News outlet, citing a US official, the ship, the MSC Gayane, was headed from Chile to Europe when the drugs were found at a stopover in Philadelphia at the Packer Marine Terminal.
The drugs were concealed in seven shipping containers aboard the boat, an ABC News report says.
According to a CBS News report, the drugs were removed from the vessel and taken to an undisclosed federal facility.