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Morocco makes huge drug bust

2010-08-15 10:43

Rabat - Moroccan maritime police seized some 2.7 tons of cannabis resin bound for Europe off the north African country's Mediterranean coast, local authorities announced on Saturday.

Two powerboats carrying the drugs were intercepted on Friday by coast guards of the royal police in the region of Nador, authorities said.

However, four suspects who were in charge of transporting the illegal drugs managed to escape. "They have been identified and we are searching for them," officials said.

The estimated value of the confiscated cannabis resin is more than €2.7m.

The last major anti-drug operation in Nador took place in May when police seized a record 7.4 tons of cannabis resin also intended for the European market.

Since 2007 Moroccan authorities have mounted a fight against drug trafficking in the country's northeast where the cultivation of kif or hashish plants has been reduced from 130 000ha to about 56 000ha.