Moroccan Police Seize 600 Kg of Cannabis Resin in Southern Morocco

Rabat – Police seized 600 kilograms of cannabis in Taghbalt, a rural area in Zagora, southern Morocco on Sunday, June 23.A statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said that police arrested two suspects for their alleged involvement in a drug trafficking network.The suspects are aged 25 and 30. Police seized the cannabis, found in  sewage channels, in the rural district of Taghbalt after information provided from the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST).The statement added that the search operation also enabled the seizure of a vehicle used to transport drugs.Police put the suspects in custody for further investigation into  possible accomplices also involved in the criminal network.DGST and DGSN have carried several operations throughout the year, their ongoing efforts have led to the seizure of significant quantities of illegal drugs  across the country.On June 12, police in Nador aborted a drug smuggling operation, seizing 12 tons and 800 kilograms of cannabis resin.In Agadir,  police also arrested a 21-year old university student for her alleged involvement in drug trafficking. The police said that the woman was in possession of 31,000 psychotropic tablets and 100 grams of cocaine.In 2018, Morocco’s government announced that the country has been adopting “a multi-dimensional national strategy to fight illegal drugs and is determined to  place civil society in the forefront of this national strategy.”#مكافحةشبكاﺕالمخدراتأمن زاكورة يحجز 600 كيلوغرام من مخدر الشيرا في قناة لصرف المياه العادمة بمنطقة قروية بضواحي “تازارين”.— DGSN MAROC (@DGSN_MAROC) June 23, 2019Spokesperson of the Moroccan government Mustapha El Khalfi announced that over 107,000 people were prosecuted in drug-related cases in 2017.Morocco’s geographic location, El Khalfi said, makes it the focus of dangerous networks which actively promote various types of drugs.