Separate Police operations in different parts of the country on Saturday yielded to the arrest of nine people people who were either found trafficking narcotic drugs or distilling illicit brew.
The successful operations that were based in credible information from residents, were conducted in the districts of Nyanza, Huye, Kirehe, Ngoma and Gicumbi
In Kirehe, police arrested one Jean Claude Ntirenganya who was at the time found trafficking sixteen cartons of banned illicit gin and other assorted smuggled energy drinks that include Novida.
In Gicumbi where most of illicit gin in the country are in most cases intercepted, police arrested the duo of Emmanuel Niyigena and Jean Baptiste Ntireganya with quantities of illicit gin in various brands.
Elsewhere in Mukingo Sector of Nyanza District, one Sembeba Joseph was also caught red-handed apparently distilling a crude illicit gin called Kanyanga.
At the time of his arrest, Sembeba had already distilled about 100 litres of Kanyanga and had other 500 litres of other locally made psychologic substances he was using to distill the harmful crude gin.
Meanwhile, Fulgence Ngenzo and Faustin Habineza were also apprehended in Ngoma Sector in Huye, during the same operation with at least 34 kilogrammes of cannabis.
Two other identified people are still on the run after police recovered about 470 litres of illicit gin in their house in Gishamvu Sector.
Criminals are said to be using the cover of darkness to either distill or traffic the psychotropic substances, and smuggle goods through porous borders, police said.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Protais Rwiyemaho, the commander of Ngoma Police Station, during an awareness campaign against drugs, shortly after the operation, thanked the residents of Ngoma for being the eye and ears of security and reporting drug dealers told residents there that all those arrested will be prosecuted for carrying out activities contrally to the laws.
“All those who were arrested will be arraigned in court to face the charges of conducting criminal businesses that also cause insecurity in communities,” CIP Rwiyemaho.
He urged them to maintain the spirit of community policing and sharing information on any individuals they suspect to be involved in drug related crimes and other unlawful acts.