Judicial police in Errachidia, eastern Morocco, arrested on Monday two suspects in international drug trafficking and seized one tonne of cannabis resin.
Police officers launched the arrest operation after receiving information from Morocco’s General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST).
Security services arrested the suspects, both aged 24, in two cars in the town of Boudenib, 60 kilometers east of Errachidia, and close to the Algerian border. Both suspects carried in their vehicles large quantities of drugs.
Search operations allowed officers to confiscate one tonne of cannabis resin, separated into 41 packages, and a sum of MAD 160,000 ($17,410) suspected of being the result of criminal activity.
The two suspects will remain in custody pending further investigations to determine whether other individuals are involved in their drug trafficking network.
They will face charges of drug possession, as well as involvement in an international drug trafficking network. One of the suspects was already subject to a national arrest warrant for similar offenses.
The arrest operation is part of regular efforts Morocco’s security services carry out to prevent international drug trafficking. Morocco’s eastern borders with Algeria are known to be a favorite access point for drug traffickers due to the terrain and nature in the desert.
Cannabis resin, also known as kif in Morocco, is the most used and trafficked drug in the country.
According to the latest DGSN annual report, Morocco’s security services seized nearly 180,000 tonnes of cannabis, cannabis resin, and other derivatives in 2019.
Police officers also arrested more than 420,000 suspects on charges of drug trafficking in 2019. Over 331,000 of the suspects carried drugs at the time of the arrest, while nearly 90,000 were arrested following arrest warrants.