Acting on a tip off from residents, Police in Gasabo district unearthed four sacks of cannabis that were hidden in a DR Congo-registered petroleum trailer.
According to the Central Region Police Spokesperson, Superintendent of Police (SP) Emmanuel Hitayezu, residents of Nyacyonga village in Akamatamu of Jabana sector saw unusual sacked loaded behind the driver’s seat in a trailer that is meant to only transport petroleum products and reported to police.
“The truck had just arrived at the trailers’ parking spot in Jabana when resident called the police reporting unusual sacks on the truck. Our officers immediately followed up the reports and as they searched the trucks, they found the four sacks that had just been offloaded from the truck with plate number 7073AB19,” said the Central Region Police Spokesperson.
He went on to say that, upon seeing police officers, the drivers of the trailer escaped from the scene but police is still going on with the investigations to identify them and bring them to book.
“This is the result of your strong partnership and ownership by the public in ensuring own safety and security. These are the same substances that fuel most conflicts and crimes such as gender based violence, child abuse, assault and even parents who abandon their family responsibilities and spend most of the time consuming these psychotropic substances,” said SP Hitayezu.
Making and selling of these substances contravenes the law, especially articles 593 and 594 of the penal code, and article 24 of the law governing narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors in Rwanda.
Article 24 of the law on narcotics, also states that “any drink that exceeds forty five percent of alcohol and any other drink which doesn’t have the required quality for consumption, shall be considered as narcotic drug.”