Police intercept nine tons of cannabis connected to international trafficking network

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An international drug-trafficking operation was ground to a halt in Morocco last week when local police intercepted nearly nine tons of cannabis, per the North Africa Post . Acting on information provided by the Directorate General of Territorial Surveillance, police initially seized 2.1 tons of cannabis resin last Thursday morning. Four individuals, who were wanted at the national level and believed to be part of a criminal network involved in international trafficking, were arrested. Morocco authorities unearth nine tonnes of cannabis resin buried in sand Moroccan authorities take another ton of illegal cannabis out of smugglers’ hands Morocco’s bill to legalize cannabis divides growers The cannabis, packaged in 67 bundles, was discovered in a vehicle in a rural area about 12 kilometres from Kenitra, a city in northwestern Morocco. The day wasn’t over for the police, however. The investigation of the first seizure led to the discovery of an additional 6.9 tons of cannabis resin concealed in two metal crates in a container production workshop. According to a police statement, the owner of the workshop was arrested in connection to the seizure. Morroco is currently working toward reforming its cannabis laws . Earlier this month, the government approved a law to allow the cultivation, export and use of cannabis for medicine or industry, though it still needs to be ratified by parliament. While the plant is illegal in Morocco, it is farmed in the Rif mountains in northern Morocco, where it has been publicly grown and smoked for generations, according to Reuters . It is said to be the main economic activity in the region. Some cannabis farmers reportedly fear that the new laws will not address outstanding arrest warrants or improve their economic outlook. Around 30,000 people in the region are wanted by police for cannabis offences. “We are…

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