Moroccan authorities seize one tonne of cannabis, three Spanish nationals arrested

Unsealed plastic packets of cannabis inside a container in Lesotho. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

The Moroccan navy on Wednesday seized one tonne of cannabis and arrested three Spanish nationals in the Strait of Gibraltar over alleged drug smuggling, the official news agency MAP reported.

FILE PHOTO: Unsealed plastic packets of cannabis inside a container. (Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The operation occurred off the coast of the Moroccan town of Ksar-Sghir, and was made possible by collaboration with a navy radar station at Morocco’s Mediterranean coast, it added.

The three suspects, the equipment and the cargo were handed over to the Moroccan Gendarmerie in the port of Ksar-Sghir for investigation, the report said.

Despite efforts to crack down on cannabis 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.

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