Rwanda National Police has arrested four people in connection with drug related crimes.
The suspects include a woman identified as Gerardine Mutesi, who was arrested on January 15 in Kayonza cell in Mukarange sector, Kayonza district, with one kilogram of cannabis.
Mutesi is currently detained at Mukarange Police Station.
The other suspects are Jean Damascene Bizimana, a resident of Kimironko sector and Radjab Munezero from Kacyiru sector, both in Gasabo District and Issa Zuber, a resident of Nyamirambo sector in Nyarugenge district, all who were arrested on the same day after they were found with cannabis, apparently which they were selling.
Growing, selling, transformation, transportation, storage and consumption of narcotic drugs are prohibited in Rwanda, except in cases and conditions specified by law.
Under article 594 of the penal code, any person who, unlawfully, makes, transforms, imports, or sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances within the country, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of three to five years and a fine of Rwf500, 000 to Rwf5 million.
Drugs have negative health effects such as interference with thinking and perception, increased heart rate and anxiety, memory problems, learning difficulties, trouble with problem solving and loss of muscle activity.
Central Region Police Spokesperson, Superintendent Albert Gakara warned all those involved in such criminal acts, saying combating drug related crimes is one of the police priorities.
Campaigns have been conducted against drug abuse across the country and they are still on. The message is clear...anyone caught dealing in drugs, like other crimes, will be arrested to face justice,” said Supt. Gakara.
“We have continued to make repetitive appeals to the community to enhance partnership through community policing so as to fight crimes that might affect their daily activities, and the campaign continues to grind down things that might threaten the national development agenda” he said.
He called on citizens to engage in legitimate income generating activities rather than indulge in drugs that would lead them into trouble.
Gakara lauded the public’s partnership with security organs through sharing information that lead to the arrest of such criminals.