PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Five crewmen arrested in the seizure of over 15,000 bricks of cocaine from a ship in Philadelphia have been ordered to remain in federal custody pending trial.
All five were handcuffed and wearing green prison jumpsuits when they appeared with interpreters before a federal magistrate Monday.
A hearing for a sixth defendant will be held at a later date.
All face drug conspiracy charges.
Federal authorities last week announced they had recovered over 35,000 pounds, or more than 15,800 kilograms, of cocaine from the Swiss-owned MSC Gayane.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said containers from the Gayane were still being scanned Monday.
Authorities put the estimated street value of the seized drugs at $1.1 billion.
Prosecutors didn’t have a breakdown of the defendants’ nationalities. At least one is from Montenegro.
Their attorneys declined comment.
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