Intensified operations and awareness against narcotic drugs in Rubavu District led to the seizure of at least 500 litres of locally made illicit gin called amandari.
The operation was conducted on May 11 in Ndobogo Village of Gisa Cell in Rugerero Sector.
“With the support of the residents and local leaders, we are able to identify and arrest distillers and anyone involved in drug related crimes and other unlawful activities,” Inspector of Police (IP) Honore Havugimana, the commander of Rugerero police station, said.
The seized illicit drinks were destroyed in presence of residents and local leaders, and suspects paraded before them.
While speaking at the exercise to destroy the seized substances IP Havugimana reminded the public that making, use, sell or trafficking of illicit drugs is punishable under the Rwandan laws, and warned of legal action to any person who will be caught in such tendencies.
“We will be publicly naming and shaming those individuals involved in these unlawful acts,” said IP Havugimana.
The seized illicit brew is made from a concoction of an assortment of chemical substances including urea fertilizers, sugar, dissolved bricks, wheat and yellow bananas among others.
These substances are said to be containing harmful content and fuel crimes including assault, theft, and gender-based and domestic crimes.
They are also said to be the cause to child negligence leading to school dropouts
“Anyone investing in such a business is literally wasting his or her money since when we seize them we destroy them and even detain the culprits,” IP Havugimana said.
Article 594 of the penal code, partly, stipulates that 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 year years and a fine of up to Rwf5 million