RABAT, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Moroccan authorities announced on Tuesday that they have foiled in the southern city of Guelmime a smuggling operation of 6.4 tons of cannabis.
Four people, aged between 27 and 61, were arrested in this operation, said Moroccan Police DGSN in a statement.
Some 3.1 tons of the banned substance was packed in bags in a Morocco-registered truck and two four-wheel drive vehicles seized at the entrance of the city of Guelmim, 650 km southern Moroccan capital Rabat.
Search operations conducted by the security services in an agricultural estate in the vicinity enabled the seizure of an additional quantity of the drug of 3.3 tons, the statement added.
Despite efforts to crack down on cannabis farming in the last decade, Morocco remains one of the world largest producers of the cannabis resin according to the United Nation's Office on Drugs and Crime.