Thursday, 22 February 2018 | 02:05 WIB

Morocco Stops Cocaine Smuggling in Large Quantities

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MOROCCO, NNC - The Moroccan government on Sunday (/11/2018) managed to stop international efforts to smuggle 541 kilograms of cocaine at the port of Casablanca Financial City.

According to a statement from the Moroccan Ministry of Home Affairs, the goods were harbored in containers from South America. 

"The operation led to the arrest of six people, including the network's leader, a Brazilian citizen," the statement said, as quoted by Xinhua and monitored by Antara, Monday (2/12).

Five cars meant to be used for transporting narcotics were also confiscated in addition to a lot of money in national and foreign currencies, he added.

Initial investigations revealed the network of malicious criminals as transnational branch and its relationship to Latin American cartels, which now exploits the strategic location of the Moroccan Kingdom as a transit point for Europe, the same source said.

An investigation is under way to arrest everyone involved in the smuggling of narcotics, he said.

The Moroccan security service has seized a total of 2.84 tons of cocaine by 2017.