Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Drug and Smuggling Crackdown in Morocco

The first two months of 2013 have been a busy and successful time for police in Morocco. During that time a large number of arrests have been made particularly for incidents of smuggling and drug trafficking

In the latest incident in Casablanca police at Mohamed V airport arrested a Brazilian man attempting to fly to Europe with 90 capsules of cocaine in his stomach, a total more than one kilo. Security guards became suspicious when the 35 year old man became increasingly nervous going through security. An ultrasound was performed to confirm the presence of the ingested packages. According to initial statements by the arrested man, the capsules were ingested in São Paulo and he intended to take them to Europe. In October, a Nigerian died at the Casablanca airport after the collapse of 76 capsules which he concealed in his stomach.

The police prefecture of Oujda this week seized more than three tons of gasoline during a smuggling control operation. They also impounded three light vehicles, trucks and buses. During the operation 290 people were also arrested. An international network of drug trafficking, which operated using zodiac inflatable boats, was also dismantled during the same period and several people wanted by the judicial police were arrested in Nador. The police reported the seizure of large sums of money.

It has been a productive time for the police prefecture of Oujda who announced they had arrested 4,560 people during the first two months of 2013. Those detained are suspected of being involved in various crimes and misdemeanors. Among those arrested in 1210 were sought at the national level.

These operations have resulted in the seizure of more than 235 kg of marijuana, 24 kg of hashish, 77 grams of cocaine, 56 grams of heroin, 4,160 packets of contraband cigarettes and 1150 and psychotropic pills.

The 2012 report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) confirmed the major role of Morocco in the export of cannabis, especially to Europe, its biggest market.

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