Rubavu: Drug trafficker intercepted guising as student

SUSPECT: Josiane Umulisa.

A suspected drug trafficker was arrested in Gihonga Cell of Busasamana Sector, Rubavu District where she was guising as a student so as to beat security.

Josiane Umulisa, 25, who was wearing a school uniform, was at the time trafficking 1000 pellets of cannabis in a school bag when she was identified and arrested on Thursday, November 19.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Police spokesperson of the Western region said that Umulisa had covered the pellets of cannabis with school text books.

“Umulisa had travelled from City of Kigali to Rubavu District to collect the narcotics from her supplier, who is yet to be arrested," CIP Karekezi said.

Umulisa is a resident of Kicukiro District.

According to the spokesperson, information was provided by a taxi-moto operator in Busasamana, whom Umulisa had hired to transport her. 

"The motorcyclist called the Police out of suspicion, after he noticed nervousness and unrest from his client's part. 

He provided the details of the route they would use, then police  deployed officers who stopped them in Gihonga Cell. The officers searched the passenger's bag only to find that it contained 1000 rolls of cannabis. The suspect was immediately taken into custody," CIP Karekezi explained.

Umulisa, who was wearing a school uniform had neither a school identification card nor a national ID on her.

The spokesperson commended the responsiveness of the motorcyclist.

"Many arrested drug dealers and their tricks applied in trafficking are unearthed because of this strong spirit of community policing and neighbourhood watch. This is a lesson to other drug dealers that their time will come and they will also be arrested to face the law," CIP Karekezi warned.

Umulisa was handed over to RIB at Busasamana station.

A drug dealer guising as a student is the latest discovered trick used by traffickers. Previously, some would stash the narcotics in pumpkins, tyres, gas cylinders, in women veils, milk containers and wrapping them around the body or women carrying them at the  back as a baby, among others.

The Ministerial Order No. 001/MoH/2019 of 04/03/2019 establishing the list of narcotic drugs and their categorisation, classifies cannabis as a "very severe drug."

The law determining offences and penalties in general in Rwanda, especially in its article 263, provides an imprisonment of between 20 years and life, for anyone convicted for very severe narcotic drugs and a fine of up to Frw30 million.

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