In recent years, Moroccan airport police arrested dozens of international travelers attempting to traffic cocaine, either by concealing it in their personal luggage or in their stomachs.
Rabat – Police at Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca have arrested a Nigerian national for attempting to smuggle 5.13 kilograms of cocaine.
Police put the suspect in custody for further investigation under the supervision of the public prosecutor.
The operation follows a similar arrest at Mohammed V International Airport. Police arrested a Nigerian traveler with 72 capsules of cocaine inside his stomach on January 1.
Police seized 1.65 tons of cocaine in 2018. Among other drugs seized were 1.5 million psychotropic and ecstasy pills and 52 tons of cannabis resin.
The spokesperson of the Moroccan government, Mustapha El Khalfi, said in December 2018 that Morocco has adopted a “multidimensional national strategy to fight illegal drugs.”
According to El Khalfi, the danger of the drug trafficking phenomenon is “increasing because these networks developed their methods to produce and promote new dangerous and cheap pills which quickly destroy young people’s lives.”