Rwanda police nets drug dealers

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Police in Gicumbi and Bugesera districts, on May 8, arrested four men in connection with trafficking illicit drugs into the country.

Two of the suspects; Daniel Ayabagabo and Laurent Ndoli, were intercepted in Gicumbi as they transported banned illicit gin.

Inspector of Police (IP) Innocent Gasasira, the Police spokesperson for the Northern Province said the duo was at the time transporting the gin to in a vehicle, Hillux RAA 169 T, which was impounded.

“When we searched the vehicle, we found an assortment illicit alcohol drinks which include 213 boxes of Kick Waragi,  80 cartons  of Kitoko Waragi, 60 liters  of  Kanyanga, and 40 cartons of  Zebra Waragi,” said IP Gasasira.

He said the suspects are detained at Byumba police station pending further investigations.

The intercepted gin are among alcoholic drinks classified as narcotic drugs in Rwanda under the law governing narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors, especially in its article 24.

It stipulates that any drink that exceeds 45 percent of alcohol and any other drink, which does not have the required quality for consumption, is considered as narcotic drug.

Meanwhile, police in Bugesera also arrested one Israel Havugimana in connection with brewing and sale of illicit brew.

Police said at the time of his arrest, Havugimana was found with 140 liters of the illicit brew.

Another suspect, Athanas Nzabonakuba was caught in Bugesera with pellets of cannabis.

Police said the drugs trafficked into the country through porous borders, but commended the role the general public play in reporting and arresting dealers.

Article 594 of the Rwandan penal code also states that, any person who, unlawfully, makes, transforms, imports, or sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances within the country, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of three to five years and a fine of Rwf500, 000 to Rwf5m.