During the operation, police seized nearly three tons of cannabis resin.
Rabat – Judicial police arrested on Friday in Guelmim, southern Morocco, three suspects for their alleged links with a criminal network active in international drug trafficking.
Police seized from the houses of suspects, aged 34 and 36, a car, four GPS devices, cell phones, and a satellite phone.
Investigation within the framework of the case enabled police to arrest another suspect at a farm in Tagant, 35 kilometers from Guelmim, said a statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN).
Security operations at the farm enabled police to seize 104 bales of drugs containing nearly three tons of cannabis, an inflatable boat, outboard motors, and marine navigation devices.
تفكيك شبكة إجرامية بضواحي كلميم، وحجز 2 طن و940 كيلوغرام من مخدر الشيرا، ومعدات للملاحة البحرية والاتصال عبر الأقمار الاصطناعية، في عملية أمنية مشتركة بين الشرطة القضائية ومصالح المديرية العامة لمراقبة التراب الوطني. pic.twitter.com/9zvMatPskI
— DGSN MAROC (@DGSN_MAROC) July 24, 2020
Police put the suspects in custody to determine the potential ramifications of the activities as well as to arrest other possible suspects involved in the case.
Cannabis is one of the most common drugs used in Morocco. Security services continue to regularly abort drug trafficking operations across the country.
One of the most recent operations took place on July 19, when police aborted a drug trafficking operation and seized 4.85 tons of cannabis resin.
Crackdowns on drug trafficking activities resulted in the seizure of 180,000 tons of cannabis and its derivatives last year, according to the 2019 DGSN report on crimes.
Security services also arrested more than 420,000 suspects on charges of drug trafficking last year.
Approximately 331,000 suspects carried drugs at the time of the arrest, while nearly 90,000 were arrested after the issuance of warrants.