Concerted efforts against trafficking, sell and use of illicit drugs in Nyagatare District continue to reap big as at least contrabands valued at over Rwf43 million have been seized over the last one year.
The contrabands that include over209760 pieces of various brands, 1748 cartons of kitoko, and 612 litres of kanyanga, were destroyed yesterday in Rwimiyaga Sector.
Present during the destruction exercise include the mayor of Nyagatare, George Mupenzi, the District Police Commander (DPC) Chief Supt. Johnson Sesonga and hundreds of residents, among others.
The mayor urged the residents to stay at the forefront in the fight against drugs, and sustenance of social protection programmes.
Chief Supt. Sesonga, on his part, commended the role residents continue to play in real time reporting of drug dealers, which informs successful police operations.
“We are seeing a lot of success through ownership and strong partnership by being the eyes and ears of security,” said the DPC.
Police are paraded eleven motorcycles and 27 bicycles, which were at the time, intercepted transporting the drugs. Police also said that majority of the traffickers and sellers, were also arrested.
The destruction came a day after a similar exercise in Rwempasha Sector where other psychotropic substances including over 0ne hundred cartons of various contraband brands.
The latest arrest involved a commercial motorcyclist, who was intercepted Tuesday in Gasinga Cell of Rwempasha Sector transporting 13 cartons of Zebra.
According to the DPC, this is part of the anti-illicit drugs campaign that will continue in all the twelve sectors of Nyagatare, where stored seized psychotropic substances will also be destroyed.
The exercise follows the official launch of the awareness against illicit drugs by Association of Pentecostal Churches in Rwanda (ADEPR), early this month to supplement the Rwanda National Police (RNP) efforts to break chains of drugs supply and sale.