Rubavu: Narcotics retailer, abusers arrested

As part of the increased operations to fight drug related crimes, the Rwanda National Police (RNP) Anti-Narcotics Unit (ANU) has arrested a suspected major retailer and six abusers in Rubavu District.

They were arrested on Wednesday, October 14, in separate targeted operations carried out in Kanzenze and Gisenyi sectors.

From Kanzenze, one Therese Nyirambabazi, 28, a suspected major retailer in the area, was arrested with 650 rolls of cannabis.

Six others were arrested in Bugoyi Cell of Gisenyi Sector, where they were at the time found smoking cannabis.

They are; Valens Ubonabaseka, 25, who had 2 rolls of cannabis, Celestin Kamenyero, 31, with one pellet, Jean Claude Tubanambazi caught with one roll. Others are Assouman Simbizi, 34, Eric Habimana, 32, and Zebide Niyonzima, 28.

Role of taxi-moto operator

Nyirambabazi was arrested on her way from purchasing the narcotics from other suppliers, who had sneaked the narcotics into the country from DR Congo, according to Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Police spokesperson for the western region.

“A taxi-moto operator, who was transporting Nyirambabazi, alerted the Police that his passenger was a drug dealer. Police, going by the motorcyclist's directions, traced and stopped them in Kanzenze. Indeed, when the passenger (Nyirambabazi) was searched, Police officers found 650 pellets of cannabis, worn under her clothes. She was also carrying a baby at the back, a ploy to cover the narcotics and to prevent being detected," CIP Karekezi said.

"We had information that Nyirambabazi was a major retailer of cannabis in Kanzenze and supplied by distributors from DR Congo, whom she meets in Rugari village, Nyaruteme cell, from where she was coming when this responsible motorcyclist suspected her and called the Police," he added.

CIP Karekezi commended the taxi-moto operator for the community policing spirit, he also urged others to follow suit.

“Police's everyday work is done in partnership with the public. They are the ones, who mostly share information on drug dealers and abusers, like in these two cases. The public now understand the dangers of narcotic drugs on security and health, but most importantly protecting the youth, who constitute the biggest number of users.”

Operations to fight drug trafficking and particularly breaking chains of supply have been increased in Rubavu and Rusizi districts, which are mapped as one of the major trafficking routes.

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