U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized a ship owned by J.P. Morgan Chase on Thursday after finding 20 tons of cocaine on board in a record $1.3 billion drug bust, according to the CBP Twitter page.
The $1.3 billion drug bust took place in Philadelphia on June 17. CBP cited an “alleged conspiracy by crewmembers and others to smuggle a record load of dangerous drugs through the United States.”
Although J.P. Morgan Chase was not implicated in the bust, CBP made it clear that ship owners have the responsibility to make sure that smuggling operations like this don’t happen on their ships. Providing adequate security is part of that responsibility.
In 2018, CBP officers seized 4,657 pounds of narcotics a day on average. For this bust, they had help from the Coast Guard and state and local law enforcement.
The CBP and Homeland Security Investigations detected anomalies in seven shipping containers that led to the drugs being found.
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