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Hearings Slated For 6 Crew Members Charged In Cargo Ship Cocaine Bust In Philadelphia

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.

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Monday's court hearing will determine if they will remain in federal custody. If convicted, they face life in prison.

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Authorities said they boarded the ship about a week ago for a routine screening but detected anomalies while examining seven shipping containers.

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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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