Suspected drug trafficker arrested in Rutsiro

A suspected drug trafficker identified as Esperance Muhoza, 31, was arrested on Monday, January 10, in Kamabuye village, Kabujenje cell, Kivumu sector of Rutsiro District with 3,117 rolls of cannabis.

The suspect was at the time going to supply her clients in Karongi, according to Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Western region Police spokesperson.

"Muhoza was arrested at a Police checkpoint, which was mounted in Kamabuye Village along Rubavu-Karongi highway. She was traveling in a public bus, which was stopped and searched by Police officers, who recovered the narcotics concealed in a sack of potatoes, before taking her into custody over drug trafficking," CIP Karekezi said.

Muhoza allegedly bought the narcotics from another dealer in Rubavu District and was headed to Karongi to supply her clients.

She was handed over to RIB at Kivumu station for further investigations to identify and arrest members of the ring.

The Ministerial order nº 001/MoH/2019 of 04/03/2019 establishing the list of narcotic drugs and their categorization classifies cannabis in the category of "very severe narcotics.’’

Article 263 of law No 68/2018 of 30/08/2018 determining offenses and penalties in general states that any person, who unlawfully produces, transforms, transports, stores, gives to another or who sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, commits an offence.

Upon conviction for "very severe narcotics," the offender faces between 20 years and life imprisonment, and a fine of between Frw20 million and Frw30 million.

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