British lorry driver arrested in Morocco for trying to smuggle 100,000 face masks out of the country’

A British lorry driver has been arrested in Morocco after trying to smuggle 100,000 face masks worth £2.6 million out of the country, reports suggest.

The trucker was held in the Port of Tanger Med, a cargo port located about 25 miles east of the Moroccan city of Tangier, according to local reports.

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The unnamed driver was planning to take the face masks back to the UK so he could sell them for 30 euros, or £26, each following shortages and price hikes caused by coronavirus fears, local media reports.

He was yesterday arrested by customs officers, website le360.ma stated, and is currently believed to be in police custody, although there has been no official comment from the authorities.

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On Monday, a Moroccan man living in Italy who is currently at a hospital in Casablanca became the first case of coronavirus in the country.

Investigations are underway at several hospitals across Spain following the theft of thousands of face masks after price hikes and shortages caused by the deadly outbreak.

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