500 litres of illicit brew seized

The Police-Public partnership against drug abuse saw about 500 litres of the illegal gin – kanyanga – seized in different parts of the country in Monday.

he successful operation to intercept the illegal gin was based on the credible information provided by members of the community where these illegal acts were being carried out.

Rwanda National Police arrested one person in connection with the act.
Over 400 litres were seized in Burera District.

The Northern Region Police Spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Francis Gahima said they are searching for other individuals in the region suspected to be involved in drug related crimes.

He said Rwanda National Police also embarked on sensitizing the public about the dangers of drug abuse.

“Drugs are dangerous to human lives. But the results out of the campaign are positive and the public are keen to fight it,” CSP Gahima explained.

Article 594 penalises any person, who consumes, injects, inhales, anoints him/herself with or makes any other unlawful use of narcotic drugs, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of one to three years and a fine of Rwf50, 000 to Rwf500, 000.

Any person who unlawfully makes, transforms, imports, or sells narcotic  drugs within the country, shall be liable to a term of  imprisonment of three to five years and a fine of Rwf500, 000 to Rwf5 million.

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