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US Customs Just Seized a Ship Owned by JPMorgan After Authorities Found $1 Billion Worth of Drugs on it

  • Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia have seized a container ship operated by the Mediterranean Shipping Co. and owned by JPMorgan Asset Management.
  • That came weeks after authorities found more than $1 billion worth of cocaine on the vessel in what was one of the largest drug busts in American history.
  • At least half a dozen crew members have been arrested, according to Homeland Security Investigations, and the investigation is ongoing.

By Gina Heeb | 9 July 2019

BUSINESS INSIDER — Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia have seized a container ship operated by the Mediterranean Shipping Co., weeks after authorities found more than $1 billion worth of cocaine on the vessel in what was one of the largest drug busts in American history.

US Customs and Border Protection seized the ship on July 4, a statement out Monday said. The ship is owned by client assets in a maritime strategy offered by JPMorgan Asset Management, according to a person familiar with the matter. It is operated by the Switzerland-based MSC.

On June 17, border agents found 39,525 pounds of cocaine stashed in several containers on the MSC Gayane at the Philadelphia seaport. The street value of the drugs was estimated at about $1.3 billion, making it the largest cocaine seizure by the agency. […]

1 Comment on US Customs Just Seized a Ship Owned by JPMorgan After Authorities Found $1 Billion Worth of Drugs on it

  1. JP Morgan? They likely used the “being found” as a ploy for the government to handle the rest of the delivery process.

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