Europe continues to struggle with the spread of illegal drugs. Most of these drugs come from drug rings operating through Morocco. Transnational criminal networks use corruption and cutting-edge technology to enable their operations. Opaque financial networks that launder and disperse illicit revenue make it difficult for authorities to slow them down. Drug networks in Northern Africa have a wide reach and their ability to innovate poses a serious risk to Europe.
Key Judgment 1: It is likely that criminal networks will favour moving drugs to Europe through Morocco due to corruption and pre-existing influence.
Key Judgment 2: It is highly likely that Moroccan drug traffickers use cutting-edge technology to smuggle drugs into Europe.
Key Judgment 3: It is highly likely that Morocco’s drug networks will diversify their financial system to include more secure banking systems and digital currencies.