Police in the City of Kigali, yesterday, disposed off an assortment of narcotic substances including 556 carton of banned illicit gins and over 3000 pellet of cannabis valued at about Rwf15.3million.
The substances were seized in a period of three months in Nyarugenge District.
The exercise of destroying the drugs was held at Nduba landfill in Gasabo District and witnessed by security organs, local media and residents of Nduba Sector.
This came after a similar exercise held in December last year where Police destroyed illicit drugs including about 200 kilogrammes of cannabis, valued at over Rwf46.4 million that were seized in Gasabo.
The Central Region Police spokesperson, Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu, said: “We have enhanced our operations and awareness programmes and this is the result. Through information we get from the people, we have been able to seize these quantities from traffickers, majority who have been arrested.”
“We believe this partnership will drive the general goal of breaking the chain of supply through timely sharing of information, ” he added.
“Most of those involved in crimes usually act under the influence of these substances, and by fighting such psychotropic substances, we will be dealing with the root cause of most other crimes,” said Supt. Hitayezu.
In containing the flow of illicit substances into the country, RNP intensified its operation especially in border districts to break the supply chain of narcotic drugs and rackets of drug traffickers.
As a result, police seized psychotropic substances worth over Rwf46 million in the last three months in the Northern Province.
The drugs were seized in the districts of Gicumbi and Musanze.
Drugs worth Rwf23.9 million seized in Gicumbi while in Musanze, the drugs worth over Rwf22.5 million were seized and destroyed last month.
Most seized drugs included banned brew with different brand names such as Kanyanga, Chief Waragi, Zebra Waragi, African Gin and cannabis.
Border districts are usually used as transit routes for narcotics and illicit substances sneaked into the country, according to police.
Gicumbi, Burera, Kirehe, Nyagatare and Rubavu are among those on spot, where operations have been intensified.