A joint operation carried out by Morocco’s DGSN and DGST dismantled two criminal networks involved in human trafficking near Tangier.
Rabat – A source told Morocco World News that on Saturday, members of Morocco’s General Directorate for National Security (DGSN) and Morocco’s General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST) dismantled irregular migration networks operating from the southern Atlantic coast of Tangier, between Oued Taddart and Briyech in northern Morocco.
The operation also led to the arrest of 68 irregular migrants, including 45 Moroccans and 3 sub-Saharan migrants.
Five members of the networks were arrested. Authorities also seized a vehicle used in the transport of migrants, and 2 zodiacs.
Earlier this week DGSN and Morocco’s National Criminal Judicial Brigade (BNPJ) dismantled a criminal network involved in irregular migration that operates from Casablanca and northeast Morocco in Oujda and Berkane.
The police carried out the dismantling operation simultaneously and arrested 16 individuals.
Throughout the year, Moroccan officials have shared the number of aborted irregular migration attempts.
In October, the governor and director of immigration and border surveillance, Khalid Zerouali, said that Morocco’s security forces have aborted approximately 65,000 irregular migration attempts annually since 2016.
The number has more than doubled from an average of 32,000 annually between 2003 and 2015 to nearly 65,000 since 2016.