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Wednesday, 19 June 2019
US officials have seized approximately 16.5 tons of cocaine from a large ship, MSC Gayane, docked at the Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The ship from Chile was headed to Europe when the drugs were found at the Packer Marine Terminal.
The drugs were concealed in seven containers aboard the boat, an ABC News report said.
The haul is estimated to be valued at over $1 billion on the street, according to a statement from the US Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
The development appeared to be the largest drug seizure in the history of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, according to the statement posted on Twitter.
​In another tweet, the US Attorney’s Office informed that members of the ship’s crew have been arrested and federally charged, noting that the investigation is on-going.
According to a CBS News report, the drugs were removed from the vessel and taken to an undisclosed federal facility for investigation.
Published in World
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 09:00

Stop provoking Iran, Russia warns US

Russia told the United States on Tuesday to drop what it called provocative plans to deploy more troops to the Middle East and to cease actions that looked like a conscious attempt to provoke war with Iran.
The comments, from Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov to Russian news agencies, followed an announcement from Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan a day earlier who said Washington planned to send around 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for defensive purposes.
President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Iran would not wage war against any nation and the Kremlin called for restraint from all sides.
Ryabkov told reporters that Moscow had repeatedly warned Washington and its regional allies about what he called the “unthinking and reckless pumping up of tensions in an explosive region.”
“Now what we see are unending and sustained U.S. attempts to crank up political, psychological, economic and yes military pressure on Iran in quite a provocative way. They (these actions) cannot be assessed as anything but a conscious course to provoke war,” Ryabkov was cited as saying.
If Washington did not want war it had to show it, he said.
“If that’s really how it is then the U.S. should step back from reinforcing its military presence,” said Ryabkov.
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A 50 year-old man who robbed a bank while using a banana as an imitation firearm has been jailed for 14 months.
Laurence James Vonderdell threatened a cashier at a Barclays branch in Bournemouth, England with a banana wrapped in a plastic bag, shouting: “This is a stick-up, give me the cash”.
According to Sky News, Vonderdell took £1,100 in cash before handing himself in at a nearby police station. The incident happened on 25 March.
Vonderdell admitted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm at Bournemouth Crown Court.
Detective Constable Andy Hale, of Bournemouth CID, said: “Even though the defendant handed himself in shortly after this incident and the cash was recovered, this must still have been a very distressing incident for the cashier involved.”
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