One ton of Hashish seized in Northeastern Morocco
Morocco, Local, 5/28/2004
One ton of Chira (cannabis resin) was seized on Wednesday in two operations conducted by the anti-drugs squad in localities close to the Northeastern city of Nador.
The local police also arrested four alleged members of an international drug-trafficking ring and seized a vehicle.
Last week, the police had seized 1.3 tons of Hashish in a neighboring hamlet and arrested three alleged international drug traffickers.
Moroccan interior minister on Wednesday announced that his department is working on a "new integrated plan" to fight drug trafficking.
The plan will reveal precise data on the "plague" at the national level and its social and economic impact on society, he said.
It will include new provisions that will boost the repressive measures through the reactivation of the role of the National Commission of Struggle against Drugs, and will gradually reduce the areas reserved to the culture of cannabis.
The new plan also provides for the intensification of controls at the borders, an awareness campaign to inform the public opinion about the risks of this plague on health and the strengthening of regional and international cooperation in matters of training and transfer of expertise. (MAP)SH
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