Police have arrested one suspect for his alleged involvement in drug trafficking.
A statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) reported that the police seized 24,221 tablets of ecstasy, one of the most dangerous types of psychotropic drug.
DGSN said that the arrest was made in collaboration with the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST).
The police also seized three knives as well asmoney, allegedly from drug trafficking.
حجز 24.221 قرص من مخدر الاكستازي بمدينة طنجة في عملية أمنية باشرتها الشرطة القضائية على ضوء معلومات دقيقة وفرتها مصالح المديرية العامة لمراقبة التراب الوطني. pic.twitter.com/zQ4laHXbRL
— DGSN MAROC (@DGSN_MAROC) June 9, 2019
Police placed the suspect in custody for further investigation into the origin of the seized drugs and other suspects connected to a possible drug trafficking network.
Sunday’s operation is among a series of major raids carried out by Moroccan authorities throughout the year. Moroccan judicial police seized 48,800 tablets of ecstasy on Saturday, June 1, near the highway toll station near Guercif, in eastern Morocco.
Authorities at the Tangier Med port in collaboration with the DGST also seized 568,000 of Ecstasy tablets.
Drug trafficking continues to be an issue in Morocco, especially the movement of psychoactive drugs, and cannabis, or hashish, which are popular in the illegal drug market.
Moroccan Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said in 2018 that Morocco prosecuted 107,000 people in drug related offences in 2017.
The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) reported that Moroccan security services seized 693 kilograms of cannabis, 52 tons of cannabis resin and 1.3 million of psychotropic and ecstasy pills in 2018.