Rabat – The Royal Gendarmerie has launched a regional-scale search operation to arrest a drug dealer who was involved in a traffic accident in Casablanca.
Morocco’s gendarmerie reported to a traffic accident in Tit Mellil, on the outskirts of Casablanca on Saturday, November 16. When the officers arrived at the scene they identified one of the drivers as a nationally wanted drug dealer.
According to a report in Arabic newspaper Al Akhbar, the suspect is “dangerous.”
When the gendarme approached the suspect to make an arrest, the drug dealer reacted “violently,” grabbed the officer’s gun and drove away.
The Royal Gendarmerie of Rabat and the regional Gendarmerie of Casablanca have launched a regional-scale manhunt.
Collaborating with the National Brigade of Judiciary Police (BNPJ), the Royal Gendarmerie deployed helicopters and set up checkpoints at the entrance of cities and towns near Casablanca.
On Sunday, law enforcement found the fugitive’s car abandoned in Deroua, a town 24 kilometers south of Casablanca.
During the search, the Royal Gendarmerie arrested other drug dealers in Casablanca’s surroundings, in Mediouna and Berrechid. The drug dealers are believed to have links with the fugitive.
The Royal Gendarmerie is questioning the suspects who are already in custody in order to determine the whereabouts of the armed drug dealer.