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KAYONZA: Three arrested with 10kgs of cannabis

The ongoing Rwanda National Police (RNP) operations to break the supply chain of narcotic drugs led to the arrest of three dealers in Kayonza District on Sunday, August 7, with 10 kilogrammes of cannabis.

Police identified the suspects as Abouba Nsengiyumva, 23, Jean Damascene Uwizeyimana, 21, and Martin Nkurikiyimfura, 18, who were arrested in Busasamana village, Byimana cell of Ndego sector.

?Acting on information provided by residents in Busasamana village that the trio had a house they had rented to use as a store for narcotics, Police first arrested the suspects and searched the said house where two sacks of cannabis weighing 10kgs of cannabis, were recovered,? said Superintendent (SP) Hamdun Twizeyimana, the Police spokesperson for the Eastern region

On their arrest, he added, the suspects revealed that they got the narcotics from their supplier, a Tanzanian national, through Akagera river l.

SP Twizeyimana thanked the resident, who reported the criminal act to facilitate the national efforts against drugs.

The suspects and exhibits were handed over to RIB at Ndego station for further investigations.

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.