Morocco foils attempt to smuggle 35 kg of pure cocaine

CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - JUNE 20: View of Casablanca from the esplanade of the mosque Hassan II on June 20, 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images)

Moroccan authorities on Tuesday foiled an attempt to smuggle 35 kg of pure cocaine transiting from a South-American country to Asia.

FILE PHOTO: Moroccan security personnel on patrol in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images)

The Moroccan police said in a statement that the smuggling operation was thwarted in the northern city of Tangier in close coordination with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Samples of the cocaine seized were taken to a laboratory for analysis, the statement added, without giving more details.

The Moroccan police seized 542 kg of cocaine in 2019, down from 1.65 tons in 2018, according to official statistics.