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Sharp increase in cocaine seizures in 2021

Cocaine seizures rose sharply in Morocco in 2021, representing a total of 1.43 tons of white powder, according to the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN). This stopped more than 100,000 people in the fight against drugs.

National Security has handled more than 80,000 cases related to the possession and illegal trafficking of drugs and psychotropics, state the annual statistics published this week by the DGSN.

Among the 103,000 people arrested and brought to justice, there were 261 foreign nationals.

The main discovery of cocaine (1.35 tons) took place on October 18 in the port of Tangier (north) from Brazil and bound for the ports of Antwerp (Belgium) and Portbury (south of England).

In 2020, the Moroccan police seized 132 kilos of cocaine, recalled the DGSN.

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For several years, the Moroccan police have increased the number of major cocaine seizures, South American cartels use the kingdom as a hub to Europe.

Regarding other drugs, 191.16 tons of cannabis resin were seized, 12% less than in 2020, as well as three kilos of heroin (-64%).

Morocco was the world’s largest producer of cannabis resin in 2020, according to the United Nations.

Last May, the kingdom adopted a law that legalizes the pharmaceutical and industrial use of cannabis, which will come into force after the publication of the executive decrees that must specify in particular the affected geographical areas.

Moroccan media reported this week the discovery of 12 tons of narcotics – the nature of which has not been specified – in a truck near Tangier and the arrest by the gendarmerie of an alleged drug trafficker.

Finally, the services of the DGSN and the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DST) seized close to 1.5 million psychotropic tablets, including more than 50,000 ecstasy tablets, a record increase of more than 200% compared to 2020.

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