PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) – Detention hearings are scheduled in Philadelphia for six crew members of a Swiss-owned container ship following the seizure of more than 35,000 pounds, or more than 15,800 kilograms, of cocaine. The six crew members of the MSC Gayane are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday detention hearings on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine aboard a ship.
Monday’s court hearing will determine if they will remain in federal custody. If convicted, they face life in prison.
Authorities said they boarded the ship about a week ago for a routine screening but detected anomalies while examining seven shipping containers.
They said the drugs found on the vessel, which was sailing under a Liberian flag, had an estimated street value of $1.1 billion.
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