7.5 tons of cannabis seized in SW Morocco

Source: Xinhua| 2020-02-12 21:05:41|Editor: xuxin
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RABAT, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- Moroccan police said in a statement on Wednesday that they have seized some 7.5 tons of cannabis in the southwestern city of Guelmim.

A total of eight people with suspected links to an international criminal drug trafficking network were arrested during this operation which occurred on Tuesday.

The drug was seized in several warehouses at the rural commune of Taghjijt, southeast of Guelmim, and inside a four-wheel-drive vehicle in an area located 60 km east of Guelmim, the statement added.

Policemen also seized four vehicles, a motorcycle, two hunting rifles, 108 cartridges and a sum of money, it said.

This operation is part of efforts made by Moroccan security services to fight against cross-border crimes, including international drug trafficking, the statement added.

Despite efforts to crack down on cannabis cultivation during the past decade, Morocco remains one of the world's largest producers of the narcotic plant, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.