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Morocco seizes 10 tons of cannabis

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Africa   Preliminary investigations and the search led to the arrest of three others

The Moroccan police announced he seizure of 10 tons of cannabis in the coastal city of El Jadida.

According to a statement from the Moroccan police, a tip from intelligence services led police to catch a truck driver red handed attempting to smuggle 400 bags of cannabis weighting 10 tons near the city of El Jadida, located some 100 km south of Morocco's largest city of Casablanca.

The technical expertise conducted by the police revealed that the banned substance was set to be smuggled through the sea as evidenced by the methods of packaging and lamination, the statement pointed out.

Preliminary investigations and the search led to the arrest of three other people, including the truck owner, and the seizure of 10,000 euros, probably generated by international drug trafficking operations, it added.

The suspects were remanded in police custody, while investigations are still ongoing to arrest all people implicated in the criminal network and determine possible links with other networks inside Morocco or abroad, it noted.

The 2016 report by the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime suggested that Morocco was the world's largest cannabis resin harvester.

Given its position at the crossroad of Africa, Europe and the Middle East, the country is considered a key route in international drug trafficking.

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