Rabat – Police at the Maritime Border Post in Tarifa, Spain arrested have arrested a 35-year Belgian-Moroccan national subject to an arrest warrant from Moroccan security services for drug trafficking.
Europa Press reported on Thursday, October 10, that the police arrested the suspect when he was attempting to take a ferry to Tangier, Morocco.
Police arrested him during the passenger document check-in.
The suspect was wanted by Moroccan police for his involvement in a cannabis trafficking network.
The news outlet said, if convicted, the suspect would serve a sentence of up to ten years in prison according to Article 129 of the Moroccan criminal code.
The operation is part of a win-win strategy to combat cross-border crime. Morocco and Spain regularly collaborate in the fight against drug trafficking, irregular migration, and terrorism.
In June, the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Spain is “Morocco’s largest trading partner and the two countries are linked by exemplary cooperation relations in several areas such as migration management and anti-terrorist cooperation.”
Despite tremendous efforts to combat drug trafficking, smugglers continue to look for ways to smuggle cannabis from Morocco to Europe.
Data from analytics company New Frontier Data claimed that Morocco is Europe’s biggest cannabis supplier.
The wali (governor) of Morocco’s judicial police said in September that Morocco’s security services had seized 44 kilograms of cocaine in the first nine months of 2019.
During the same period, police seized 112 tons and 138 kilograms of cannabis and its derivatives.