Judicial police forces arrest five British nationals of Pakistani origin for currency forgery and trafficking.
Rabat – Marrakech police, in coordination with the Royal Gendarmerie in the province of El Haouz, have arrested five British tourists of Pakistani origin.
The five suspects are allegedly involved in currency falsification and trafficking, assault and battery, procuring prostitutes.
According to National Security (DGSN), the suspects went to a currency exchange agency in Gueliz district to exchange £1,170. The agency discovered that 32 £20 banknotes were false.
The DGSN further added that one of the suspects assaulted the agency employee, who discovered the forgery, to facilitate their escape.
After an investigation, the police identified the suspects and their temporary place of residence in a rural area 35 kilometres away from Marrakech.
The DGSN arrested the suspects who were found in possession of two falsified £20 notes as well as a sum of money in national currency suspected to originate from counterfeit foreign currency trading operations.
The defendants were placed in custody for an ongoing investigation. Five other people, including two women, were arrested in the same place as the suspects.
The women are allegedly involved in prostitution and harbouring individuals involved in forgery.