February 15th, 2009 in Breaking News, War on Drugs

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Record drug haul of 3.26 tons seized in northern Morocco_English_Xinhua.

RABAT, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) — A record drug haul of 3.26 tons was seized Saturday night in Moroccan northern port of Tangier, local MAP news agency reported Sunday.

The catch was loaded in a Spain-registered TIR truck transporting a potato cargo charged in the Atlantic city of Agadir,600 km south of Moroccan capital of Rabat.

The hash, with a street value of about 4.6 million U.S. dollars, is on its way to Europe through Spain, according to preliminary probe, the report said.

The drug traffickers concealed the banned substance in a potatocargo, hoping the scan would not detect it since the hash has nearly similar density, the report added.

The truck driver, a Spanish of about 40 years old, will be brought to court for charges of international drug trafficking, according to the report.

Last month, Morocco disbanded what is regarded as the largest ever international drug trafficking ring, which comprises 109 suspects, including 76 law-enforcement elements.

Morocco, the world’s second largest hash provider after Afghanistan, said it has slashed 65 percent cannabis production in2008, and halved the cannabis-growing lands to 60,000 hectares from 2003 to 2008. It also has pledged to further reduce the cultivated lands to 55,000 hectares in 2009.