BCIJ has located a suspected farm used for storing and trafficking cocaine in Boujdour, a city in the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region.
Rabat – After busting an international cocaine trafficking ring, Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Intelligence (BCIJ) has located a farm allegedly used for cocaine trafficking and storage on Saturday.
A statement from BCIJ said that the farm was found after investigating a Colombian suspect involved in a criminal ring.
The statement added that BCIJ seized materials used to power jet engines of aircraft allegedly used for cocaine trafficking, including over three tons of kerosene fuel, three large fuel pumps, two engines, and five generators. BCIJ also seized 46 barrels containing 2,700 liters of gasoline.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the Colombian suspect received aviation training.
The statement added that the suspected arrived in Morocco illegally to help prepare a secret runway on the outskirts of Dakhla for airplanes. The airplanes would be used to traffick cocaine from Latin America, through Morocco, and eventually to Europe.
Saturday’s operation followed the seizure of one ton of cocaine last weekend by the BCIJ. The security agency arrested seven people with links to criminal networks that traffick cocaine between Morocco, the US, Latin America, and Europe.
The seizure of the cocaine followed a similar operation carried out in October in 2017.
During the 2017 operation, authorities arrested 10 people for their ties to an international cocaine trafficking network. BCIJ also seized 2,588 kilograms of cocaine from various locations.