Moroccan security forces seized a range of equipment used in drug trafficking, including zodiacs, a satellite phone, and walkie-talkies.
Rabat – Moroccan police in Laayoune, southern Morocco arrested four suspects for their alleged links to an international drug trafficking ring on Saturday, October 26.
During the operation police seized equipment used for drug trafficking, including hunting knives without legal papers, a statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said.
The police also seized foreign military uniforms, six cars, four zodiacs with engines, seven flashlights, three projectors, a satellite phone, and two walkie-talkies.
The operation also led to the seizure of containers filled with nearly 1,000 liters of gas.
In addition to the gas, DGSN units confiscated 760 kilograms of counterfeit tobacco, 22 knives, 22 car license plates, and four GPS.
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Police placed the suspects in custody for further investigation to determine the circumstances of the case and to arrest other accomplices involved in the network.
The operation is part of Morocco’s strategy to fight drug trafficking across Morocco.
Last month, Moroccan customs destroyed massive amounts of smuggled drugs.
Customs in the city of Laayoune incinerated 1,942 kilograms of cannabis resin and other illegal drugs.
The incinerated drugs included 471 packets of contraband cigarettes, 7 kilograms of cannabis resin, 37 kilograms of “kif” ( a type of cannabis). During the operation, authorities also destroyed 731 grams f cocaine, 25.73 kilograms of snuff, in addition to 11,285 psychotropic tablets.
This destruction and incineration operation is part of sanitation campaigns carried out by the security services and local authorities to combat all forms of smuggling.