33,000 pounds of cocaine seized in Philadelphia port

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Posted at 2:37 PM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-18 14:37:54-04

Federal officials made a massive cocaine bust in Philadelphia Tuesday, seizing an estimated 33,000 pounds of the drug from a ship there, an official said.

The bust comes amid a series of large seizures of the drug in the Northeast, including a record seizure of $18 million worth of the drug in March.

New York saw its largest cocaine bust in a quarter century in that months as well with $77 million worth of the drug seized from a cargo ship in the port of New York and New Jersey.

The official said the ship was headed from Chile to Europe when the drugs were found.

Further details were not immediately available.

Traffickers have been seeking out a new market for cocaine by mixing it with the powerful drug fentanyl, which is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. Synthetic opioids, like fentanyl have been responsible for thousands of overdose deaths a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Cocaine, New York's nemesis of the 90s, is back-indicating traffickers push to build an emerging customer base of users mixing cocaine with fentanyl," DEA Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan said at the time of the New York seizure. "This record-breaking seizure draws attention to this new threat and shows law enforcement's collaborative efforts in seizing illicit drugs before it gets to the streets and into users' hands."

This is a developing story, the scene is currently under investigation.

This story is courtesy of our ABC affiliate, ABC7 in New York.