Blackmail: 7 gendarmes arrested for their alleged links with a Moroccan drug baron 

Seven gendarmes working in the Sidi Jaber and Ouled Mbarek regions of the Beni Mellal province, suspected of having a relationship with a drug baron, were remanded in custody on Tuesday May 23 by the investigating judge in charge of financial crimes at the Casablanca Court of Appeal.

Preliminarily instructed, they were taken under arrest to Oukacha prison, pending detailed instructions concerning the charges brought against them by the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Court of Appeal, namely corruption, disclosure of professional secrecy and concealment of a criminal. This case dates back to a few months ago, when elements of the National Judicial Police Brigade succeeded in putting a drug baron out of action in Beni Mellal.

Examination of his smartphone revealed conversations between him and a police informer showing that the latter was blackmailing him by soliciting him to prepare sums of money in order to bribe the gendarmes so that he would not be arrested. The informer confirmed what the investigators had deduced from the conversations. The seven gendarmes denied all the charges against them, while making it clear that they bear no criminal responsibility for the extortion carried out by the informer in order to deplume the drug baron.

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