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Khiame: Morocco Has Arrested 167 Suspects for Organized Crimes Since 2015

Khiame: Morocco Has Arrested 167 for Organized Crime Since 2015
Abdelhak El Khayam, the Head of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ)

Rabat – Morocco’s brigade against organized crime (BLCCO) has arrested 167 suspects involved in organized crimes since 2015.

The head of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ), Abdelhak Khiame, shared statistics of criminals arrested from 2015 until October 2018.

In his recent interview with Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), Khiame said that 74 people were arrested in 2015, while 61 were arrested in 2016.

The number decreased in 2017 as only 32 suspects involved in organized crimes were arrested.

In the first nine months of 2018, the Organized Crime Brigade arrested 22 suspects.

The arrests are conducted under the supervision of the BCIJ.

Khiame added that the number of people who have been the subject of search warrants by the brigade has only been 132 since the creation of BCIJ in 2015.

Twenty-nine people out of the 132 were arrested and sentenced.

According to the senior security official, the brigade has seized more than 50 tons of cannabis resin, 3,818 kilograms of cocaine, and 35,777 psychotropic tablets.

Khiame added that the security forces also seized over MAD 48,204,800 and €858,520 in cash.

Authorities also seized five shotguns and 400 cartridges.

“The efforts of BLCCO are very commendable. We were able to dismantle several criminal networks that were active in [cannabis] trafficking, psychotropic drugs and cocaine, with record seizures,” said Khiame.

Khiame also said that BCIJ has resolved several cases related to murder, irregular immigration, and armed robbery.

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