Moroccan authorities seize 3 tons of cannabis

Cannabis plants grow at a craft grow operation in British Columbia, Canada. Photographer: Ben Nelms/Bloomberg Getty
MOROCCO – MARCH 5: Cannabis plantation near Ketama, Rif mountains, Morocco. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

Moroccan authorities announced on Monday that they have foiled smuggling of three tons of cannabis near the city of Guelmim in southern Morocco.

Three people were arrested during the operation on Sunday evening in the town of Tagnate, said Moroccan police in a statement.

The banned substance was packed in 94 packages inside a Morocco-registered truck transporting a shipment of agricultural products.

Moroccan security services have seized over 20 tons of cannabis since May 1, in different operations.

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.