Police arrested a truck driver along with two of his couriers.
Rabat – Moroccan police and customs collaborated to foil an attempt to smuggle 5 tons and 996 kilograms of cannabis resin in the Guerguerat crossing point, south of Dakhla, Morocco on Monday, October 14.
Border control operations in the region enabled the arrest of a truck driver along with two accomplices, the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said.
During the operation, Police and customs seized almost six tons of cannabis resin carefully concealed onboard an international transport truck bound for another African country.
Police put the suspects into custody and opened an investigation to determine the circumstances of the case.
Police are also investigating possible links with local and international criminal networks.
The operation is part of Morocco’s efforts to fight the international trafficking of drugs and psychotropic substances.
Throughout the year, Morocco intensified its security operations against drug trafficking.
This is not the first time when police have confiscated cannabis in the region. Back in April, Moroccan police, in coordination with customs officers in Guerguerat at the Mauritanian border, seized 11 tons and 940 kilograms of cannabis on a truck bound for “an African country.”
Police also seized two tons of cannabis resin on September 17 in northern Morocco and a further two tons of cannabis in Laayoune, southern Morocco on September 17.
Moroccan customs said in a report in May that they seized 19.2 tons of cannabis resin in 2018.
The national police announced in September that security services seized 112 tons and 138 kilograms of cannabis and its derivatives from January 1 to September 15.
The wali (governor) of the judicial police, Mohamed Dkhissi, has said that police security services arrested 420,348 people on charges of drug trafficking.