The amount of cannabis seized is a record in France since 1999.
Rabat – French security seized on Friday 11 tons of cannabis in the region Besancon region. The record-setting dismantling operation was possible thanks to massive support from Moroccan and Spanish investigation teams.
France, Morocco, and Spain have cooperated on various criminal investigations, but the latest is the biggest operation of its kind that involved a tight cooperation between the three allies.
A statement from the public prosecution’s office in Nancy said that police intercepted several vehicles, including a truck on the “A36 motorway toward paris in the area of Besancon.”
Police arrested four suspects, including an Italian national during the operation.
France’s Minister of Interior Christophe Castaner expressed pride about the security collaboration between France and its two partners, highlighting how helpful information from Spain and Morocco have been helpful in other criminal cases in France.
Félicitations à la PJ de Strasbourg et à l’office central pour la répression du trafic illicite des stupéfiants pour cette saisie record, concrétisation d’une enquête exemplaire menée avec leurs homologues marocains et espagnols. #FiersDeNosPoliciershttps://t.co/00PuMaXFt4
— Christophe Castaner (@CCastaner) 13 mai 2019
Castaner said in a tweet: “Congratulations to the judicial police of Strasbourg and the Central Office for the repression of the illicit traffic of drug on this record seizure, realization of an exemplary investigation carried out with their Moroccan and Spanish counterparts.”
The operation was the culmination of a judicial investigation opened in 2017.
The prosecutor’s office said in the statement that investigated found the existence of “traffic of magnitude between Morocco, Spain, France, and Belgium,” according to AFP.
French Central Directorate of the Judicial Police launched the investigation in collaboration with Morocco’s security services and Spanish police, which provided “valuable elements for the investigation,” added the statement.
The amount of the cannabis seized on Friday is a record since 1999; when police busted 23.5 tons of cannabis in Boulogne-sur-mer, in the north of France, added AFP.
Morocco maintains strong diplomatic ties with France and Spain, with which the North African country share a counterterrorism collaboration.
Throughout the year, Morocco’s police raided on several drug trafficking networks, seizing big amounts of multiple sorts of drugs, including cocaine, and cannabis.