Morocco foils smuggling over 2 tons of cannabis

Marijuana plants for sale are displayed at the medical marijuana farmers market at the California Heritage Market in Los Angeles, California July 11, 2014. The first-ever cannabis farmer's market in Los Angeles began on July 4 and opens weekly from Friday to Sunday. REUTERS/David McNew (UNITED STATES - Tags: DRUGS SOCIETY BUSINESS)

Moroccan police foiled on Saturday an attempt to smuggle 2.28 tons of cannabis in the central city of Fez, the police said in a statement.

The banned substance was concealed inside a car, the statement said, adding that three people aged between 25 and 47 years old were arrested.

One of the suspects fired four shots at the security forces for resistance, forcing them to retaliate before arresting him, but no casualties were reported.

The suspects were placed under investigative custody, the police said.

Despite efforts to crack down on cannabis farming in the last decade, Morocco remains one of the world largest producers of the cannabis resin, according to the United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime.