Moroccan police arrested a Nigerian passenger with 72 capsules of cocaine inside his stomach at Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport.
Rabat – Security services at the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca have arrested a Nigerian with 1.325 kilograms of cocaine inside his stomach.
The passenger was arrested on January 1 at Mohammed V Airport when he arrived on a flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil, the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said in a statement on Wednesday.
The suspect was carrying 72 capsules of cocaine in his stomach.
Police transported the suspect to Ibn Rochd University Hospital Center in Casablanca to remove the cocaine from his stomach. He is currently in custody for further investigation under the supervision of the prosecutor’s office, according to DGSN’s statement.
The arrest came a week after security services at the Mohammed V International Airport caught a South African traveler and a Namibian traveler with 3.7 kilograms of cocaine inside their stomachs.
On December 17, Casablanca airport police arrested a sub-Saharan passenger with nearly 2 kilograms of cocaine in 131 capsules of cocaine concealed inside her stomach.
All three passengers arrested also arrived on flights from Sao Paulo.
In 2018, police seized 1.65 tons of cocaine, over 1.3 million psychotropic and ecstasy pills (up 43 percent over 2017), 52 tons of cannabis resin, and 693 kilograms of cannabis.