Rwanda National Police seize more narcotics, arrests dealers

Police seized 30 kilogrammes of cannabis in Gasabo district on August 19, and arrested three people in connection with the illegal act.

The drugs contained in two sacks were recovered in a Kigali-bound commuter taxi from Kirehe, when police stopped and searched it, following a tip-off from someone who was versed with the illegal plan.

Those arrested include a driver and his conductor, who allegedly tried to help a 15-year old boy to transport the drugs to Kigali.

The trio is currently detained at Rusororo Police station.
Senior Superintendent (SSP) Urbain Mwiseneza, the Central Police Spokesperson, who confirmed the seizure and the subsequent arrest, said there is “big turn up” of members of the public giving information on people involved in illegal activities.

“Many drug dealers, especially suppliers have been arrested and their narcotics confiscated, all based on information given to us by the public. We have no doubt that this great job the public is doing will leave no stone unturned; it will put drug dealers in a fix and easier for us to apprehend them,” he said.

Drug dealing is punishable by article 594 of the penal code which stipulates 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 five hundred thousand to five million.

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