Moroccan navy foils smuggling of 2 tonnes of cannabis

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

The Moroccan navy foiled an attempt to smuggle about 2 tonnes of cannabis off the coast of the Mediterranean city of Nador.

According to the Morocco News Agency,  a navy unit on patrol in the Mediterranean chased down a speedboat, adding that the suspects on board managed to escape after throwing the drug shipment into the sea.

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.