A source close to the situation said Wednesday that the ship, the MSC Gayane, was part of a transportation strategy fund managed by the bank's asset management unit.
"The seizure of a ship of this size is complex and unprecedented, but it is appropriate because the circumstances here are unprecedented," said US Attorney William McSwain in a statement Monday.
"When a ship carries such a staggering amount of lethal drugs into Philadelphia waters, my office and our agency partners will pursue the most serious consequences possible against all concerned parties in order to protect our district – and our country, "McSwain added.
"The seizure of a vessel of this size is an unusual performance measure for CBP, but it does indicate the serious consequences associated with an alleged plot by crew members and crew members." other people who are trying to smuggle a record amount of dangerous drugs into the United States, "said Casey Durst, CBP's Field Operations Director in Baltimore.
MSC stated that the ship was en route to northern Europe at the time of its seizure and that, apart from the containers held by the US authorities, all other shipments were routed to their destination by D & # 39; 39, other MSC vessels.