A suspected drug trafficker has been arrested by Police in Musanze District after he was found in possession of 13 kilogrammes of cannabis, which was parked in 6500 pellet of cannabis.
Jean Pierre Niyibizi, 31, was apprehended on September 4 at about 7:00 am in Cyabagarura Cell of Musanze Sector.
Police said that arrest followed credible information from area residents.
Niyibizi is suspected to be connection to a ring of traffickers of cannabis to be investigated , according to the Northern region police spokesperson, Inspector of Police (IP) Innocent Gasasira.
IP Gasasira explained that Niyibizi was arrested while sneaking through a porous border in Viruga forest.
He said: “We have been arresting drug traffickers who sneak into the country through the Eastern Province but lately they have changed the route due to intensified operations in the Eastern; but due to strong partnership with the general public, we get credible information on people involved and their whereabouts.”
“We have put in place tough measures including strengthened awareness, operations and snap-checks, through which traffickers and even users, are identified and arrested, and narcotic drugs seized. There are community night patrols – Irondo – community policing committees, youth volunteers and anti-crime clubs. This same approach will continue to play significant role in fighting and preventing drug related crimes and to break the supply chain in particular.”
Article 594 of the penal code stipulates in part, 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.