Police seized 55 kilograms of cannabis resin during the arrest operation.
Rabat – Security services in Tan-Tan, southern Morocco, arrested six suspects for their alleged links with an international drug trafficking network on Friday, January 3.
The suspects are facing serious accusations, including kidnapping, attempted homicide, and drug trafficking.
Preliminary investigations indicated that the six suspects attempted to murder a person in Laayoune on December 18, 2019, with a hunting rifle, the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said in a statement.
Police seized 55 kilograms of cannabis from the vehicle the suspects were using at the time of their arrest.
Police also seized GPS devices, three weapons, a bullet package, and a Kalashnikov machine gun.
Search operations in the region, about 63 kilometers down the road leading to Es-Mara enabled the police to seize another Kalashnikov machine gun, 25 bullets, a shotgun, 39 cartridges, and a satellite telephone.
توقيف ستة أشخاص بمدينة طانطان ينشطون في شبكة إجرامية للتهريب الدولي للمخدرات، وحجز سلاح كلاشينكوف وعيارات نارية وبندقية للصيد وكمية من المخدرات.
عملية أمنية باشرتها الشرطة القضائية على خلفية معلومات دقيقة وفرتها المديرية العامة لمراقبة التراب الوطني. pic.twitter.com/yw0eKdrtyG
— DGSN MAROC (@DGSN_MAROC) January 3, 2020
DGSN members carried out the arrest in collaboration with the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST).
Police put the suspects in custody for further investigation to determine their links to international criminal networks in the Sahel-Sahara region. The investigation is ongoing to arrest all accomplices.
The operation is part of Morocco’s efforts to ensure security and stability against criminal networks in Morocco and across the region, including the Sahel.
DGSN handled 12,049 drug-related cases in 2019.
Security units seized 179,657 tons of cannabis and its derivatives.
The number represents an increase of 127 tons compared to the previous year.
Police also seized harder drugs, including 542,455 kilograms of cocaine, 7,196 kilograms of heroin, and 1,407,451 psychotropic tablets, including 974,983 ecstasy tablets imported from Europe.