Separate Police targeted operations conducted recently in Karongi and Huye districts led to the arrest of seven people in connection with drug trafficking and distilling of illicit brew.
At least 480 liters of illicit brew and 510 pellets of cannabis were seized from the suspects.
also recovered were chemical ingredients, drums and other containers that were being used in the distillery.
The rolls of cannabis were seized from one Dieudonne Ndagijimana in Huye.
While addressing residents of Bwishyura sector in Karongi, where the distillery was dismantled, the District Police Commander, Senior Supt. Edmond Kalisa, castigated elements that tolerate such malpractices.
“It is despicable to find people making such unhealthy drinks openly yet not reported to authorities” the DPC said.
He noted that police will not relent in cracking down all wrongdoers "to keep communities healthy and free from anything that affect their safety and security."
“This is an ongoing operation and partly falls under our countrywide campaigns aimed at protecting people in Rwanda against the use of harmful and banned hazardous products.”
Teresi Habyarimana, the executive secretary of Bwishyura sector, lauded police for the operation before saying that consumers of such drinks have been reportedly associated with causing most of the havoc in the sector including theft.
He asked grassroots leaders to work with the people to identify and report all suspected drug dealers to authorities for appropriate investigations and arrest.