Separate police operations conducted in the night of November 18 in the districts of Burera and Gakenke led to the seizure of 114 litres of Kanyanga, 40 dozens of contrabands and 115 packets of polythene bags.
Nine people were also arrested in connection with the act.
Police identified those arrested in Burera with Kanyanga as Cedric Mizero, Gilbert Ndayisaba, Jean Claude Tuzizerimana, Darius Byiringiro, Ngoroyabanga, Steven Barakagira, Leonard Niyonzima and Emmanuel Sankuye.
They are currently detained at Bungwe Police station pending further investigations.
In Gakenke, Josiane Akimanizanye was taken into custody after police recovered 115 packets of plastic bags, 18 dozens of Living Waragi, 12 dozens of Blue Sky, nine dozens of Kitoko Waragi and three boxes of Chief Waragi, in her shop.
Police spokesperson for the Northern region, Inspector of Police (IP) Innocent Gasasira, said that Akimanizanye’s accomplice and husband, Jean Damascene Hagenimana, who is among the wanted drug traffickers, is still on the run.
“The fight against illicit drugs includes mapping out major routes, people involved, abrupt cordon and search and awareness; these strategies are paying off as they have increased on arrests through information sharing with the people, but also making it hard for some drug dealers to continue with the illegal business,” IP Gasasira said.
Burera is mainly used as a destination or transit route for banned illicit gin such as Kanyanga and other contrabands parked in plastic bags, and IP Gasasira said that various response measures continue to play significant part in dealing with the vice.