Egypt police seize 22 tonnes of hashish en route from Morocco

MENA, Ahram Online, Monday 22 Apr 2013

Interior ministry's anti-narcotics authority describes confiscation as 'biggest-ever in history of Egyptian drug-seizure operations'

Egypt's anti-narcotics authority on Monday announced it had seized 22 tonnes of hashish from a ship off the Mediterranean coast between Egyptian and Libyan territorial waters, describing the move as "the biggest in the history of Egyptian drug-seizure operations."

"We were able to seize the drugs and arrest the Egyptian owners of the shipment and the ship's crew, who we arrested in Libyan territorial waters," Tareq Ismail, head of the interior ministry's anti-narcotics authority, declared in a press conference on Monday afternoon.

He added that the ship had been en route to Egypt from Morocco.

Ismail described the operation as a "major blow" against Egypt's prohibited recreational drugs industry.

Before Monday's operation, the biggest-ever drug haul by Egyptian police had been last September, when they were able to seize a 15-tonne truckload of marijuana that was being smuggled into the Nile Valley from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

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