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some more details

they arrested an AB? able bodied seaman.....the lowest rung on the ladder. like he had ANY input on what gets loaded/unloaded

interesting that the article left out the colombia port that i posted earlier - they do mention the others

https://gcaptain.com/more-arrests-in-msc-gayane-cocaine-bust/

U.S. authorities have made four more arrests related to the record cocaine bust on an MSC containership at the Port of Philadelphia last week.

The investigation into the more than 35,000 pounds of cocaine smuggled in shipping containers on board the MSC Gayane has now resulted in six total arrests, including the arrests of the ship’s Second Mate and an AB that was previously reported.

The six are for federal court hearings today to face charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine aboard a ship, the AP reported.


Last Sunday’s record drugs bust at the Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia netted 17.5 tons of cocaine worth an estimated street value of about $1.1 billion, making it the largest cocaine seizure in the 230-year history of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The bust began June 16 when a multi-agency boarding team boarded the MSC Gayane, a 1,030-foot Liberian-flagged container ship, after it had arrived at the Port of Philadelphia. After detecting anomalies while examining seven shipping containers, the boarding team escorted the ship to its berth in South Philadelphia and continued its inspection. Inside the containers, authorities found a combined 15,582 bricks of a white, powdery substance which tested positive for cocaine. In addition to the cocaine, CBP agents seized another $56,330 found on the vessel that was believed to be linked to the drugs.

Prior to arriving in Philadelphia, MSC Gayane made port calls in Chile, Peru, Panama and the Bahamas.

A detailed affidavit related to the arrest of two crew members, Forofaavae Tiasaga, an able seaman, and Ivan Durasevic, the Second Mate, detailed an elaborate scheme to smuggle the drugs. During interviews with investigators, they admitted to helping load the drugs from small boats using the ship’s crane and then hiding the drugs on board. For their effort, they expected to be paid around $50,000 each.

Mediterranean Shipping Company said in a statement that it “takes this matter very seriously” and is “grateful to the authorities for identifying any suspected abuse of its services.”

“Unfortunately, shipping and logistics companies are from time to time affected by trafficking problems,” the statement said. “MSC has a longstanding history of cooperating with U.S. federal law enforcement agencies to help disrupt illegal narcotics trafficking and works closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).”

For the Port of Philadelphia, last week’s drug bust follows an incident in March in which a multi-agency team intercepted more than a half-ton of cocaine – the fourth largest recorded cocaine seizure in the history of the port. CBP’s previous record cocaine seizure in Philadelphia weighed 1,945 pounds and occurred on May 23, 1998.

MSC Gayane remained at the Port of Philadelphia on Monday as the investigation continues.
 

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$1B in drugs, that's handled, on an overseas journey, by six people,
Amazing!

I've seen seven people struggle to secure a piece of equipment onto a flatbed trailer yet six people are controlling several containers packed with drugs, travel around the globe and get delivered to their final destination...

Amazing
 

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It clearly says

I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that the prevalence and severity of human rights abuse and corruption that have their source, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States, such as those committed or directed by persons listed in the Annex to this order, have reached such scope and gravity that they threaten the stability of international political and economic systems.​
Human rights abuse and corruption undermine the values that form an essential foundation of stable, secure, and functioning societies; have devastating impacts on individuals; weaken democratic institutions; degrade the rule of law; perpetuate violent conflicts; facilitate the activities of dangerous persons; and undermine economic markets. The United States seeks to impose tangible and significant consequences on those who commit serious human rights abuse or engage in corruption, as well as to protect the financial system of the United States from abuse by these same persons.​
I therefore determine that serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.​
I hereby determine and order:​
Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in:​
I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that the prevalence and severity of human rights abuse and corruption that have their source, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States, such as those committed or directed by persons listed in the Annex to this order, have reached such scope and gravity that they threaten the stability of international political and economic systems.
have or has?reached such a scope? and, how does this square with a political system?

U know I feel like a lil duck in a tub after reading that.
 

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they admitted to helping load the drugs from small boats using the ship’s crane and then hiding the drugs on
and the crew stopped the ship to do this loading? Some body pass me an angeldust joint.....PLZ! I need to reform my reality.
 

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and the crew stopped the ship to do this loading? Some body pass me an angeldust joint.....PLZ! I need to reform my reality.
Come on Michael, they used Iranians to load this coke onto the boat while they were underway

They're so good at attaching and detaching hull bombs, they're were a logical choice

:weed:
no dust but take a toke, it's killer
 

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I've seen seven people struggle to secure a piece of equipment onto a flatbed trailer yet six people are controlling several containers packed with drugs, travel around the globe and get delivered to their final destination...
If the ship was scheduled to be in port to pick up a container or 12... how difficult would it be to slip in another one or two without notice on that floating barge?

Probably wouldn't take but a few folks to bribe (7?) to 'look the other way' when they backed up the semi tractor. Maybe one 'adjusted' the docket from 3554 to 3556 containers and the rest were non the wiser.

You don't actually 'see' what's in the containers, just a bill of lading on the outside with a delivery address. I bet it was all done on paper and the loading was just part of a normal day for most of the crew.

edit to add my 'numbers' could be off by 10K...

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MSC Gayane Cocaine Bust: Affidavit Details High-Seas Rendezvous’ and Crew’s Effort to Conceal Drugs
June 20, 2019 by Mike Schuler

File photo shows the MSC Gayane. Photo: MarineTraffic.com

Update: More Arrests in MSC Gayane Cocaine Bust
New details are coming in about the massive cocaine bust in the Port of Philadelphia earlier this week, revealing an elaborate scheme involving members of the ship’s crew who used the ship’s crane to load the drugs during high-seas rendezvous’s with small boats.

This week’s cocaine bust on board the MSC Gayane Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia has blown up into one of the largest drug busts in U.S. history.

Authorities boarded the ship on Monday where they discovered some 16.5 tons of cocaine, worth an estimated street value of more than $1 billion, hidden inside shipping containers. While there, they arrested two of the ship’s crewmembers, Forofaavae Tiasaga, an able seaman, and Ivan Durasevic, the Second Mate, who admitted to their roles in the scheme in interviews with authorities. The details of the interviews were contained in a criminal complaint which included an affidavit by Homeland Security Special Agent Eric Mooney.

The affidavit revealed that Durasevic and Tiasaga, along with three other crew members, stood to be paid about $50,000 each for their respective roles in helping load and hide the drugs. It also showed that the ship was met by multiple small boats on at least two separate occasions during the ship’s previous voyage, and the drugs were loaded using the ship’s crane.

The Courier-Post has more of the details:
The vessel was leaving Peru when Durasevic got a call from the chief officer to come down to the deck. There, he saw nets on the port-side stern by the ship’s crane, according to the affidavit.
Durasevic said he and others, some of whom were wearing ski masks, pushed the nets containing blue or black bags with handles toward the ship’s holds.

“Durasevic stated that he knew the bags contained drugs, but he was unaware of what type,” the affidavit said.
While talking to agents, Durasevic identified Tiasaga as one of the crew members who assisted in loading the cocaine
Tiasaga “admitted to his role in bringing the cocaine onboard the vessel and helping to conceal it within legitimate cargo,” adding that Durasevic enlisted him into trafficking, the affidavit said.
The MSC Gayane took on drug cargo in open waters as it traveled between Central and South America, investigators said they learned from Tiasaga.
As the vessel proceeded southbound between Panama and Chile, it was approached by six boats during the night.
“Durasevic operated the crane to bring on numerous bales of cocaine that were wrapped in netting. Along with bales of cocaine were replacement seals, which would be utilized on the containers in which the cocaine was concealed,” the affidavit said.
Then, as the ship made its way northbound between Chile, Peru and Panama, another eight boats approached with cocaine to load onboard, according to the affidavit.
“All of the drugs, including what had previously been loaded onto the vessel, were taken below deck and concealed within containers.”
Both Durasevic and Tiasaga are accused of knowingly and intentionally conspiring to possess with intent to distribute approximately 16.5 tons of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Parts of the criminal complaint were also tweeted out by Steve Keeley of Fox29:

Update: Arrest Affidavit Details massive cocaine seizure at Philadelphia Port how crewmembers wore ski masks, agreed to be paid $50,000 to help load cocaine at sea from 6 or 7 boats up port side of ship in containers, then hide it in 7 cargo shipping containers @FOX29philly
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Update contd: $1 Billion street value cocaine discovered on ship in Philadelphia loaded into ship at sea in two deliveries by smaller boats pulling to side of ship it left Peru. First delivery made by six small boats, 2nd delivery by 8 boats. Crane hoisted it up @FOX29philly
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The incident remains under investigation.
 

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What's going to happen to the drugs? Probably just one gangster robbing another one. I don't believe for a second they are just going to destroy it all.

CIA black fund might of been getting a little low.
 

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People on the bridge knew, radar-man at least, no one goes out to smoke no more?, skipper was another drunk?, o.k., that i could believe, these ships don't have large crews but the lower echelon doesn't generally have the ability to do whatever they want while underway

There had to have been communications happening between the smaller ships and the 'loaders', there were nets and a crane used, cameras around to 'watch' the cargo, and then, the rest of the voyage didn't include any drug use at all?, nothing abnormal, everything is 'ship shape', then, all of a sudden, the ship is 'boarded'...

parts of this story are not messy enough, other parts are just too clean, while the entire storyline reads as if it's been happening this way, except for the 'boarding', for quite a long time


I'd suggest it's over-due, but, it's 'payback' for us, they just won't tell US, idk exactly but it sure seems this way


my 2¢
 

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The cargo is on it's way to original destinations https://www.msc.com/usa/notices/2019-july/msc-gayane-incident-in-philadelphia

Only thing left is how much to get the boat back.

U.S. Releases Container Ship Found With 20 Tons of Cocaine

Authorities say they are still weighing forfeiture proceedings against the MSC Gayane after a combined $50 million in cash and a surety bond were posted

By Costas Paris
The Wall Street Journal
July 15, 2019 1:55 pm ET

U.S. authorities have released a container ship that was seized with 20 tons of cocaine in Philadelphia after the operator posted a $50 million bond, including $10 million in cash, but said they still plan to consider seeking forfeiture of the vessel.

The release of the MSC Gayane, owned by J.P. Morgan Asset Management and chartered to Mediterranean Shipping Co., means the ship can resume commercial operations after being held at the Port of Philadelphia for nearly a month.

“My office secured $10 million in cash and a $40 million surety bond from the owner and operator of the vessel in exchange for its temporary release pending a final resolution in this case,” U.S. Attorney William McSwain wrote in a post on Twitter.

Full article & pic here https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-releases-container-ship-found-with-20-tons-of-cocaine-11563213353