The raid was in a joint security operation between judicial police in the cities of Temara, near Rabat, and Casablanca.
Rabat – Moroccan police seized 476 kilograms of cocaine at an apartment in Harhoura, on the outskirts of Rabat on Tuesday, November 19.
Police raided the apartment as part of a joint security operation by the judicial police in the cities of Temara (22 kilometers of Rabat) and Casablanca, based on information from the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST).
حجز 476 كيلوغراما من مخدر الكوكايين بالهرهورة، في عملية مشتركة بين الشرطة القضائية ومصالح المديرية العامة لمراقبة التراب الوطني.
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Security services seized other equipment during the raid, including a hunting rifle, 12 expensive hand watches, pieces of jewelry, a tear gas bottle, bank checkbooks, and travel documents.
Analysis by the scientific police laboratory in Casablanca on different samples of seized cocaine shipments confirmed that the “concentration rate [ of the drugs] ranges between 61 and 64 percent,” the DGSN statement added.
Investigation showed that the seized cocaine was “ smuggled via the sea routes from a Latin American country, where it was unloaded in Moroccan coasts.”
The smugglers transported the cocaine onboard a “tourist boat before being deposited and stored in [the raided apartment] in Harhoura.”
DGSN said that the national police are investigating the case under the supervision of the public prosecution.
The security services put the suspects in custody for further investigation to arrest all accomplices involved in the case. From January 1 to September 15, DGSN seized 44 kilograms of cocaine. Today’s seizure is one of the largest since March, when police seized 80 kilograms of cocaine.