Morocco police thwart attempt to smuggle 1 ton of cannabis abroad

MOROCCO - MARCH 5: Cannabis plantation near Ketama, Rif mountains, Morocco. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
MOROCCO – MARCH 5: Cannabis plantation near Ketama, Rif mountains, Morocco. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

Moroccan police announced on Thursday foiling an attempt to smuggle 1.025 tons of cannabis out of the country near the eastern Moroccan city of Zagora.

“The drugs were packed in 41 bags, and transported by 10 camels,” the Moroccan police said in a statement.

One suspect, aged 31, was arrested and under investigative custody, it said.

The operation is part of the efforts to combat international trafficking of drugs and psychotropic substances, the police added.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crimes said Morocco remains one of the world’s largest growers of cannabis, despite the country’s efforts to crack down on cannabis cultivation during the past decade.