4.85 tons of cannabis seized in Morocco

The city of Agadir, Central Morocco./Morocco World News
A cannabis plantation near Ketama, in Morocco’s Rif mountains. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

Moroccan police seized 4.85 tons of cannabis near the western city of Agadir, official radio reported on Monday.

The banned substance was concealed in a shipment of watermelon inside two pickup trucks, it said, adding that the operation occurred on Sunday night in the town of Ait Melloul near Agadir.

One person was arrested for suspected links to a criminal drug trafficking network, and many material were seized including an important sum of money, it added.

Despite efforts to crack down on cannabis cultivation during the past decade, Morocco remains one of the world’s largest producers of the narcotic plant, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

Moroccan security services have seized a total of 179,657 kg of cannabis in 2019, according to official statistics.