Authorities in the northern city of Nador have arrested a group of five people allegedly involved in irregular migration operations.
Rabat – Judicial authorities in the city of Nador, a coastal city on the Mediterranean in northeast Morocco, have arrested a ring of five people suspected of facilitating irregular migration.
The police made the arrests in and around Nador on Thursday, May 2, based on information from the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST).
DGST said in a statement that it carried out the operation in coordination with Spanish authorities within the framework of Spanish-Moroccan cooperation on security measures to counter transnational crimes.
Police first arrested a driver who was wanted for facilitating irregular immigration. The driver was transporting five migrants from sub-Saharan Africa.
Later, police arrested another four suspects, who come from the city of Nador and Bni Oukil community.
According to the statement, the ring operates off the northern coast of Morocco.
The Moroccan authorities seized maritimes equipment, vehicles, 15 rubber boats, 12 boat engines, two cars, and electronic devices.
Police placed the suspects under custody for further investigation under the prosecutor’s office to determine whether the suspects have any possible links with networks outside the country.