Police seized the cannabis at a road checkpoint as part of Morocco’s security approach to fight against drug trafficking and criminal networks.
Rabat – Moroccan police arrested four suspects for alleged links to a criminal network in Errachidia, southern Morocco, on Saturday, January 4.
Police arrested the suspects, aged between 25 and 38, at a checkpoint on the road linking Errachidia to Boudnib, a statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) has said.
The arrest operation enabled the police to intercept two cars, in which 946 kilograms of cannabis were concealed in 36 large packages.
Police also seized four mobile phones and a sum of MAD 13,200 during the operation.
Police put the suspects in custody for further investigations to determine the circumstances of the case and to arrest other possible accomplices.
The operation is part of Morocco’s security approach to curb insecurity and fight against criminal networks, both domestic and transnational.
The operation followed several other similar arrests that Morocco has carried out since the beginning of the year.
Similar operations took place on January 4. Police in the eastern city of Oujda arrested 2 suspects in possession of half a ton of cannabis resin.
On the same day, police seized 55 kilograms of cannabis and arrested a six-member gang in Tan-Tan, in southern Morocco.
Police also seized several weapons, including knives, Kalashnikovs, as well as bullets, 39 cartridges, and a satellite telephone.
Morocco continues to intensify efforts to fight against drug trafficking networks across its borders.
Moroccan police seized 179,657 tons of cannabis and its derivatives in 2019.
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.