Casablanca, Morocco – On Saturday, Moroccan police departments thwarted an attempt at illegal emigration and dismantled a criminal network specializing in illegal emigration operations.
In a statement, the Directorate General of National Security (DGNS) indicates that the investigations carried out in the context of this case allowed to apprehend eight people involved in the organization of operations of illegal emigration and intermediation and 13 candidates from different cities, stating that they have paid the members of this network sums of money ranging between 15,000 and 20,000 dh (between 2000 and 2600 dollars).
Investigations and searches carried out by the security services also resulted in the seizure of four cars used for the transportation of illegal emigration candidates from different locations to the places of departure of the boats, as well as sums of money in foreign currency domestic and foreign, in addition to a lifejacket, mobile phones and 150 litters of fuel, the statement added.
The organizers of these illegal emigration operations as well as the 8 intermediaries were placed in custody at the disposal of the investigation carried out under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor, continues the DGSN, noting that it was also carried out interviewing candidates for emigration, in order to elucidate all the circumstances of this case and to determine all the persons involved.
This operation is part of the ongoing efforts of the security services to fight against criminal networks involved in the organization of illegal emigration and trafficking in human beings, the source said.
According to statistics from the Ministry of the Interior, efforts to combat illegal immigration in 2018 have defeated more than 76,000 illegal immigration attempts and dismantled 174 criminal networks active in this area.