Kanyanga dealer arrested in Nyamagabe

Police in Nyamagabe district have arrested a major dealer in Kanyanga, an illicit gin banned in Rwanda.

Pascal Twahirwa, 32, was intercepted on February 12, in Musange Sector, Gende Cell in Nyakirambi Village.

At the time of his arrest at about 5am, Twahirwa was found with 30 litres of the crude gin in his house, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Sylvestre Twajamahoro, the Police spokesperson for the Southern region, said.

“Twahirwa was suspected to be both the distributor and seller of Kanyanga in Musange Sector. On February 11, Police received information from residents and DASSO that he had brought more jerrycans of kanyanga from another supplier in Mwogo Sector, Nyanza District. Police went to his house in the wee morning of February 12, where he was arrested red-handed with the illicit gin,” CIP Twajamahoro said.

Kanyanga is classified as psychotropic substances and banned in Rwanda, with a sentence of up to seven years in prison for any person found guilty of dealing in it, upon conviction.

We thanked residents for their role in breaking chains of dealers in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

"This partnership and ownership of the public to report drug dealers and other wrongdoers is a key to sustainable security in our community," he said, calling for continued information sharing on anyone they suspect to be trafficking, making or selling narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

Rwanda National Police (RNP) and partners increased awareness and operations against drug dealers to prevent new users and break chains of supply.


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