French drug-trafficking arrests grow in Morocco – photos

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Two Frenchmen carrying 15 kilograms of cannabis resin in the form of capsules were arrested at the port of the city of Tangier in Morocco, said a press release from the National Security. The latter had already announced the arrest on similar grounds of three other French nationals, including two women.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page on February 16, the Moroccan Directorate General of National Security (DGSN) announced the arrest of two Frenchmen at the port of Tanger-Med with 15 kilograms of cannabis resin packaged in capsules. Three French, including two women, were also arrested in early February in Morocco for the same reason, said the DGSN which had announced in December the arrest in 2019 of more than ten traffickers in the context of its cooperation with the French police.

Thus, the press release specifies that the drug was hidden under a plastic film around their waist.

The Bladi.net news site reports that the two accused are between the ages of 22 and 28. When they tried to outwit the police by using separate ferries to Tarifa in southern Spain, they were arrested during the palpation check. DGSN agents thus discovered the two belts containing eight and seven kilograms of cannabis resin.
The two defendants were placed under arrest warrant. An investigation was opened to determine the ins and outs of this case as well as the possible national and international ramifications.

Other French arrested in Morocco

Frenchman of Moroccan origin arrested in northern Morocco at border crossing to Spanish enclave of Ceuta, Bab Sebta (Ceuta gate, in Arabic), for drug trafficking, a management statement said on February 5. general of national security, relayed by the official agency Maghreb Arabe Presse (MAP).
Thus, the DGSN specifies that the respondent, aged 47, was arrested during a border control conducted jointly by a group of National Security and elements of the Royal Customs using police dogs. A quantity of 343 kilograms of cannabis resin was seized during this operation, underlines the same source which reveals that the drug was minutely hidden in cavities arranged in the body of the car of the defendant, registered abroad.
Two French women of Moroccan origin, aged 21 and 22, were also arrested on Sunday February 2 at Marrakech-Menara airport with 29 kilograms of cannabis resin, said a statement from the Directorate General of National Security.
At the end of December, in a report devoted to the assessment of the fight against narcotic drugs for the year 2019 relayed by the MAP, the DGSN had announced the organization and the success of eight in collaboration with the French police, which led to the arrest of 12 traffickers and the seizure of more than 8,580 tonnes of cannabis resin on French territory.

With regard to cannabis seizures in Morocco in 2019, the Directorate General of National Security announced an estimated total of at least 179 tonnes. According to an official report, in 2018, the Moroccan police had seized 52 tonnes.

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