Police in Gatsibo District have impounded a Toyota Dyna plate number RAC 330J that was allegedly trafficking 40 cartons of Zebra Waragi – a gin packed in plastic bags and banned in Rwanda.
The vehicle was intercepted in the night of August 31 in Rugarama cell, Rugarama Sector.
Police also arrested Ferdinand Ruzindana, the driver, who is currently held at Kabarore Police station.
Reacting to the incident, the District Police Commander (DPC) of Gatsibo, Supt. Eric Kabera pointed out that Zebra Warangi is among the banned gins in Rwanda both due to its content and packaging.
“Besides being illegal and punishable by the law to traffic, sale or consume these substances, it is also prohibited to import or sell liquors in sachets or plastic bags,” Supt. Kabera said.
Under the current laws on narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors, “any drink that exceeds 45 per cent of alcohol content or does not have the required quality for consumption, shall be considered as a narcotic drug.”
“People should be aware that these substances are illegal on the Rwandan territory; the information we have is that they purchase them in neighbouring countries but we have adopted several initiatives to track down the dealers and porous borders they use. With the commendable partnership we have with the community, we have been successful, to say the least, although we have to keep tabs on,” said SP Kabera.
Under 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 up to five years and a fine of up to Rwf5 million.