Seven people including three women have been arrested separately trafficking narcotic drugs into the country.
The women were arrested on Wednesday in Rubavu District.
Police spokesperson for the Western Province, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Theobald Kanamugire identified the three women as Aisha Uwamahoro, Chantal Uwamahoro, and Ange Uwimana.
"We had information of women who conceal cannabis in pumpkins. That same day, we had also received information of a woman, who was using the same trick to traffic the drugs, and that’s how we managed to arrest Aisha Uwamahoro at a common border with the Democratic Republic of Congo trafficking 239 pellets of cannabis in pumpkins," CIP Kanamugire said.
"Both Ange Uwimana and Chantal Uwamahoro were also arrested in Byahi Cell with about 40 kilogrammes of cannabis," he added.
"Due to partnership with the people through community policing, we easily detect and arrest drug dealers, and tricks they use," he noted.
“We know all their tricks others transport drugs as personal luggage while others wrap the same on their bodies, in bicycle tyres and food items.” he said
Meanwhile, four other suspects were Kirehe and Gatsibo districts.
One of them, Sylvester Hagenimana was arrested in Gatore sector in Kirehe with 31 Kilograms of the cannabis.
Others, Theogene Maniragaba 26, Sandrine Nikuze 24, and Fabien Jyamubandi 27 currently detained at Kigabiro police station with over 600 rolls of cannabis.
Article 594 of the Rwandan Penal Code also states 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 three to five years and a fine of between Rwf500, 000 and Rwf5 million.