In December 2018, BCIJ seized 1 ton of cocaine and dismantled the Moroccan segment of an international drug trafficking network that used to smuggle cocaine between Morocco, Europe, the US, and Latin America.
Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), in cooperation with the General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST) has thwarted a drug trafficking operation in Casablanca.
BCIJ seized seven tons of hashish resin that was on a cargo truck and MAD 204,630 (approximately $21,000).
A statement from the BCIJ said that the operation was part of its efforts to combat organized crime, especially international drug trafficking.
Police arrested seven suspects in connection with the drug trafficking operation.
Police, according to the statement, will resume their investigation to determine any possible links with international networks.
The operation followed a number of raids on drug trafficking networks by Moroccan police. Earlier this month, Moroccan police and customs in Guerguerat, at the border with Mauritania, seized 11 tons and 940 kilograms of cannabis on a truck bound for an “African country.”
In March, police seized 1.675 tons of Cannabis resin in Fez. Police also seized 13 tons and 750 kilograms of hashish in Tangier Med Port.
In December 2018, BCIJ busted an international cocaine trafficking ring and seized one ton of cocaine.
In 2018, Moroccan security services seized 1.65 tons of cocaine, over 1.3 million psychotropic and ecstasy pills, 52 tons of cannabis resin, and 693 kilograms of cannabis.
Moroccan Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said last year that Morocco prosecuted 107,000 people in 2017 in drug cases, an increase from 36,000 people per year during the previous decade.
In addition to its work against drug trafficking across Morocco, BCIJ also plays a leading role in fighting terrorism.