According to DEA officials in DC, the latest count for the seizure stands at 34,341 pounds. A little over 17 tons of cocaine. Authorities are still adding up the amount of cocaine seized in the raid before an “official” number is determined. That number will likely be announced at a press conference scheduled to be held on Wednesday afternoon.
Action News Philly (@6abc) reported, the cargo ship carrying the cocaine was headed from Chile to Europe, when the drugs were found in Philadelphia. Authorities received a tip about the huge shipment coming into the city on Monday night. The cocaine was discovered inside eight containers on the cargo ship, according to sources.
The ship’s journey began in Chile, before making a stop in Peru and the Bahamas. From there, the ship made its way to Philadelphia. According to the Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District Of Pennsylvania, the ship’s final destination was Europe, with a stop in Rotterdam. So far, it’s unclear where the ship was planning to unload the huge shipment of cocaine.
U.S. Attorney William McSwain tweeted “This is one of the largest drug seizures in United States history.” Members of the ship’s crew were arrested and charged federally. Two of the ship’s crew allegedly admitted to taking part in loading the cocaine from 14 separate boats while the ship was already in route at sea. Authorities say this is the largest seizure of cocaine in the history of the Eastern District Of Pennsylvania.
What do you think authorities do with this much drugs? I know the official “good citizen” line is that “they burn the drugs.” But, what do you really think a country who’s always crying about how much debt they’re carrying would do with over $1 billion worth of cocaine? I know what I’d do……..
Ten police officers in Philadelphia have been placed on desk duty after an investigation uncovered “racist, intolerant, and otherwise offensive” Facebook posts by the cops. Philadelphia Police Commissioner, Richard Ross said in a statement that the entire 6500- member police force would undergo anti-bias training. This, in response to the publication of The Plain View Project, a database professing to catalog activity from police in eight jurisdictions nationwide, including Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (@PhillyInquirer) reports, The Plain View Project published the database Saturday, saying it included offensive material from about 330 Philadelphia cops. Some of them were identified as high-ranking officers. In his statement, Police Commissioner Ross said the department had asked a law firm to help evaluate the Facebook posts and comments to help identify who may have made the post, and if those posts violated the departments’ social media policy.
“When a police officer’s expression of his or her opinions erodes the police department’s ability to do its job and maintain the public’s trust, the department is permitted to act. Those officers that we have identified that appear to have engaged in explicit bias against any protected class of individual or who advocated any form of violence, will be immediately removed from street duty during the course of these investigations.”
Police Sgt. Eric Gripp said that the 10 officers whose posts were considered among the most egregious had been placed on desk duty pending an Internal Affairs investigation. Some of the posts made by the cops included posts that celebrated acts of violence against Muslims, immigrants and black people. Some posts captured long, “hate-filled”, exchanges that appeared to involve multiple officers, according to the database. Some of the posts have allegedly been contributed to at least one police inspector, six police captains, and eight lieutenants.
Johnny Bobbitt Jr., the homeless man who admitted helping a New Jersey couple run a GoFundMe scam that pulled in more than $400,000, was sentenced to 5-years probation on Friday. Bobbitt Jr. won’t go free just yet. Last month he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in federal court. He has not yet been sentenced in the fed case.
NBC News (@NBCnews) reported, Bobbitt’s guilty plea stems from a plan concocted by a New Jersey couple back in 2017. In November of that year, Kate McClure and her then boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, created a GoFundMe account they said would help a homeless man, after he allegedly gave McClure the last $20 he had so she could get gas, after her car had allegedly broken down on the highway and left her stranded. Prosecutors say that was when the couple recruited Bobbitt, who actually was homeless at the time, to play the homeless hero who gave McClure the last $20 he had to his name, so she could make it home safely. The story of generosity tugged at the heartstrings of the general public. In just a couple of weeks the GoFundMe campaign had raised over $400,000. Things were all good until Bobbitt decided to file a lawsuit against the couple claiming that he’d never received any of the money, and that the couple were using the funds as their personal piggy bank to finance a life of luxury and luxurious trips around the world. The couple didn’t take the claims lying down. They made some claims of their own. Saying Bobbitt was a strung out drug addict who’d basically smoked/shot up all of the money they gave him. They claimed to be holding the rest of the money for him until he cleaned himself up. Because the feud and the case was so highly publicized, the law decided to take a peek at the case. That’s when the couple’s scam was discovered.
McClure got hit with a conspiracy to commit wire fraud charge by the feds. She pleaded guilty and is currently staring down the barrel of a 20-year prison bid when she goes back for sentencing. She’s also allegedly about to get hit by the state with a theft and conspiracy charge. Those charges have not officially been filed yet though. D’Amico made out a little better than his ex-girlfriend. He escaped a fed charge. The feds decided not to charge him. But he does have a theft and conspiracy charge in the state pending. D’Amico has not pleaded guilty to the charges. As of now, he’s going to fight it. He has publicly denied any wrongdoing from the start.
Somebody….or some people are really pissed off this morning. You would be too if you’d just lost more than 1180 POUNDS (450 kilos) of cocaine with an alleged wholesale street value of 27,000 per kilo.
According to 6abc action news the cocaine was seized from a cargo container that was resting on a shipped docked at the Port Of Philadelphia. Federal agents allegedly found the drugs inside of 13 large duffel bags inside the container. Federal officials estimated the value of the drugs to be around $38 million. Cops and FEDS tend to announce the retail value of seized drugs when they do these type of huge seizures. I guess it adds drama to the seizure. Bigger numbers make for a better story? I don’t know…all I know is that 450 kilos at a wholesale price of $27,000 per, is closer to a grand total of around $12 million. Math has never been my strong suit…so what the hell do I know? Anyway, the ship that the drugs were recovered from originated in Guatemala and made a stop in the Bahamas before docking in the U.S. It will likely be very hard to nail down the exact place where the drugs were loaded onto the ship. So, that’s one less thing the owner of this cocaine will have to worry about, but that peace of mind still doesn’t replace his seized cocaine.