19th November 2019, 14:46
Two Moroccan nationals have pleaded not guilty to drugs charges after being caught allegedly throwing over £60,000 worth of cannabis into the sea. It follows an arrest yesterday by the Gibraltar Defence Police who intercepted a small rigid inflatable boat, as it carried out a marine escort of a Royal Navy vessel.
20 year old Khalid El Moghne and Abderrahman Douass, 27, both of no fixed abode, were arrested yesterday and charged with the importation, possession, intent to supply nearly 13 kilogrammes of cannabis resin. The men also deny charges of throwing the drugs into the sea from the small boat they were on. At the Magistrates' Court today, the prosecution described the potential affect the drugs would have had on the Gibraltarian community as 'disastrous'.
A third man was arrested but GBC understands, has not appeared in court due to ill health.
Due to the seriousness of the alleged offences, the case will be heard in the Supreme Court. Both men have been remanded in custody until their next appearance on the 26th.
GDP Chief Superintendent, Rob Allen says the arrests are a great example of the vigilance of officers engaged in a security operation, providing a wider law enforcement benefit. He also highlighted the capability of the GDP Interceptor launch.