Rabat – Moroccan authorities have announced the arrest of a 35-year-old French national of Algerian origin wanted by the International Police Organization for his involvement in an attempted murder and drug trafficking charges.
The suspect was arrested on January 10, owing to collaboration between Morocco’s Judicial Police (BNPJ), General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST), General Directorate for National Security (DGSN) and International Police.
The arrest came in response to an arrest warrant issued by the French judicial authorities against the suspect for being involved in an attempted murder and in drug trafficking crimes in 2016.
Following investigations carried out by BNPJ members, the suspect was arrested in possession of a driving license and a forged French passport, featuring his photo and forged identification information.
Moroccan authorities have not revealed where the suspect was arrested. The defendant was placed in custody as investigations are underway to help the police learn more details about the suspect and the forged documents.
The arrest came in the wake of the strategies carried out by Morocco’s security forces to strengthen international security cooperation mechanisms aimed at combating all forms of cross-border organized crimes.
Moroccan police have managed to help forces of the Interpol to arrest several wanted suspects in 2017.
In October 2017, Marrakech authorities arrested an individual who was the subject of an international search warrant for drug trafficking. In the same month, Tangier’s security forces arrested an American pedophile in the city. The man in question was a subject of a search warrant by the Interpol for his involvement in “sexual exploitation of minors.”