Moroccan police on Friday arrested five British tourists of Pakistani origin in Marrakech for their alleged involvement in trafficking in fake currency, as well as assault and pimping.
The Directorate General of National Security (DGSN) said in a statement that the suspects had gone to exchange 1,170 pounds sterling which proved to be false. An employee who discovered the attempted fraud was also assaulted by one of the culprit.
The investigation determined their identity and their place of temporary residence in a rural area located about 35km from Marrakech, said the DGSN, noting that two counterfeit 20-pound notes were seized in their possession, in addition to a sum of money in dirhams suspected of being the fruit of their trafficking of foreign counterfeit notes.
The defendants were placed in police custody and made available for investigation under the supervision of the competent prosecutor’s office, the same source added. The investigation also concerns five people who were arrested in the same place as the defendants, including two women, for their alleged involvement in the procuring and housing of persons engaged in currency counterfeiting.