Using helicopters with the latest technology, the Royal Moroccan Gendarmerie succeeded in arresting a wanted drug lord and finding a drug boat that had previously escaped.
Daily newspaper Al Massae reported today that the royal gendarmerie will set up several special forces to watch the northern coasts and intercept drug trafficking attempts.
The decision came after royal gendarmes came under gunfire in a recent police chase, according to Al Massae. A drug trafficker managed to escape the gendarmes with nine boats loaded with drugs.
The boats were allegedly escaping from Sidi Yahya to Zaer, two inland regions near Rabat.
For the first time, the royal gendarmerie used several helicopters equipped with the latest surveillance technology to pursue drug traffickers.
Gendarmes hope that the helicopters will enable them in the future to get high resolution pictures and find drug lords.
In a separate incident, on December 8, gendarmes in Jorf Lasfar found a boat in El Jadida port belonging to an international drug network after they had been searching for it for almost two weeks.