1. Morocco $12.7 Billion

  2. Black Market Crime in Morocco

Morocco Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from Morocco’s black market. Intelligence and security information collected from government agencies, news articles and other public data sources.

In the middle of 2013, criminal justice officials in Spain and other countries in Europe have reported an increase in migrants attempting to be smuggled into EU territory. Most of the migrants are departing from Morocco, where the distance to cross over the ocean is just 9 miles to reach the coast of Spain.

Due to the increase in illegal entry, there has been a rise in price for rubber dinghies in Morocco. In Spain, a dinghy costs $109, while in Morocco the cost is $680.

Source:  Raphael Minder and Jim Yardley, “Desperation Fuels Trips of Migrants to Spain,” New York Times, October 4, 2013.

There are at least 800,000 people in Morocco who make a living cultivating illegal marijuana in the country.

The amount of money generated by the illegal marijuana crop in Morocco is estimated to be worth $10 Billion, or 10 percent of the country’s GDP.

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In 2003, there were 137,000 hectares of cannabis planted around the country. In 2010, the amount of hectares devoted to marijuana cultivation decreased to 47,000.

One hectare can yield between 5 to 6 kilograms of cannabis resin per year.

(Prices of marijuana by country.)

Source:  Souhail Karam, “Moroccan Marijuana Fix Sought to Cultivate Exports,” Bloomberg, July 26, 2013.

Between January and June 2013, security officials in Algeria seized 78 tons of cannabis resin in the country.

The amount seized was higher than the 71 tons of marijuana that was seized during the first half of 2012.

Most of the cannabis products that enter Algeria is trafficked from neighboring Morocco.

Source:  Lamine Chikhi, “Algeria puts army in charge of fighting drug trafficking,” Reuters, July 25, 2013.


The human smuggling market from Morocco into Spain and the European Union charges immigrants between $8,000 to $40,000.

Source: Carlos Resa Nestares, “Transnational Organised Crime In Spain: Structural Factors Explaining Its Penetration,” February 27, 2001.

In the first ten months of 2008, security agents in Morocco destroyed nearly 4,400 hectares of cannabis plantations.

Morocco is the largest supplier of cannabis to Europe, according to various criminal justice departments.

(See the latest marijuana facts and statistics.)

Source:  “Morocco uses new technology to fight drug trafficking,” Morocco Newsline, November 18, 2008.

The illegal drug trade in Morocco generates $12.5 Billion in revenue, according to the UNODC.

The main revenue generating drug trafficked is marijuana.

(Additional marijuana facts.)

Source:  “UN Warns About Nexus Between Drugs, Crime and Terrorism,” United Nations, Press Release, October 1, 2004.

Counterfeit goods and piracy in Morocco causes losses of $226 Million per year.