Morocco: 4.6 tonnes of cannabis seized by authorities

Morocco: 4.6 tonnes of cannabis seized by authorities

Morocco’s security forces intercepted over 4 tonnes of cannabis in Casablanca, reports MAP News. 

On November 18, the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) released a statement noting that they foiled an attempt to smuggle what is estimated to be 4.635 tonnes of cannabis resin often referred to as chira. 

The over 4000kg worth of hash were concealed in 123 large packages. 

Since the early 1970s, Morocco has had a strict ban on all drugs although cannabis has long been cultivated in the North African country. Research in 2016 found that the kingdom was the planet’s biggest producer of the substance. 

READ: Morocco: 4 arrested for drug trafficking in Marrakech

Following the recent smuggling attempt, two individuals linked to a criminal network of international drug trafficking were swiftly arrested as the authorities continue to clampdown on the smuggling and the use of illegal substances. 

Back in September, the police cracked down on a drug trafficking operation in Casablanca as two aged 28 and 51 were arrested. 1,863 kg of cannabis resin in 51 bales, ready for shipment by sea, were found. 

After multiple recent trafficking attempts, the DGSN have been working tirelessly to tackle such moves which could in the future result in tougher sanctions imposed on those found with possession of cannabis. 

MAP News / Morocco World News 


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