Rabat - Two Moroccan nationals were arrested at Casablanca airport for attempting to smuggle €4 million out of Morocco.
Rabat – Two Moroccan nationals were arrested at Casablanca airport for attempting to smuggle €4 million out of Morocco.
The two suspects are airline employees who work for Air France and Qatar Airways at Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca, according to a statement released by Moroccan authorities on Thursday.
The Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie successfully thwarted an attempt to smuggle a total of €3,868,110 and US$130,000, which two Moroccan suspects tried to take out of the country.
According to the same source, the two individuals, whose names have not been disclosed, were arrested in two different operations.
In the first operation, authorities seized €1,364,610 and US$120,000 hidden inside a rental car parked in a parking lot located outside of Mohammed V Airport.
In the second operation, they seized €2,503,500 and US$10,000. This significant amount of money was also hidden in a rental car that belongs to Air France. The vehicle used in the operation was parked in a parking lot at the borderline of Casablanca airport, the same statement said.
Following these two arrests, an investigation was opened to clarify the circumstances of the attempted currency smuggling into the city of Dubai through Doha, the same source noted, adding that an investigation is still underway to arrest the mastermind of the smuggling attempt.