The police seized the cannabis from three different cars.
Rabat – Moroccan police have arrested five suspects for their alleged involvement in an international drug trafficking network in Oujda, eastern Morocco.
The security services carried out the operation on Saturday, December 21, near the beach of Saidia in Oujda.
The five suspects, aged between 26 and 41, were in possession of 555 kilograms of cannabis resin, according to a statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN).
Police arrested the suspects in three separate cars. The suspects had concealed the cannabis in 17 separate packages.
Police also seized 1,450 liters of gasoline, nine mobile phones, a GPS device, and an unspecified amount of money allegedly acquired from drug trafficking.
Police put the suspects in custody for further investigation. Police are still looking to arrest any possible accomplices involved in the case.
The operation is part of Morocco’s efforts to combat drug trafficking networks across the country.
Throughout the year, Morocco’s DGSN carried out several similar operations, which led to the arrest of dozens of suspects involved in drug trafficking.
One of the latest operations took place on December 14, when police seized 650 kilograms of cannabis resin in Agadir.
In the nine first months of 2019, the DGSN seized more than 112 tons of cannabis and its derivatives.
Police also arrested 420,348 people on charges of drug trafficking from January 1 to September 15.