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Morocco seizes 5.8 tonnes of cannabis

Christian Fernsby |
The Moroccan police seized 5.82 tonnes of cannabis and arrested six suspects for alleged links to drug trafficking network, Moroccan police said in a statement on Tuesday.

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The operation was carried out in the town of Bouznika near Casablanca, Morocco's economic hub, it said.

The banned substance, concealed in dozens of packages ready to be exported by sea, was seized by police on board two cars.

The suspects were taken into custody for investigation under the supervision of the competent prosecutor's office, the statement said, adding this operation is part of Morocco's efforts to combat drug trafficking.

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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