Morocco: 600 arrests on drug charges in less than 48 hours

Operation in Oujda, at the border with Algeria

16 February, 11:27

    (ANSAmed) - RABAT, FEBRUARY 16 - Authorities in Morocco have arrested 644 people in an anti-drug operation in the northern city of Ouida in less than 48 hours. Police said the operation was aimed at cracking down on local crime and to make citizens feel safer.

    Over two days, police in the area at the border with Algeria arrested 533 people while 91 international arrest warrants have been issued for as many suspects, authorities said.

    According to the prefecture's statement on the operation, published by the Map news agency, police also seized ''21 kilos of hashish, 80 kg of heroin, 16 synthetic drug pills and 456 bottles of smuggled alcoholic beverages, cell phones and a motorcycle''.

    In addition, during the operation, 803 fines were made by security officers, who also seized 47 cars and 27 motorcycles.


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