Police in Kirehe District have arrested three people including a woman, who had allegedly trafficked 115 kilogrammes of cannabis into the country.
Police spokesperson for the Eastern Province, Inspector of Police (IP) Emmanuel Kayigi identified the suspects as Francois Nyandwi, 43, Elia Nsabimana, 33, and Clemance Uwimana, 25.
“On May 24, information received from residents lead to the arrest of Nyandwi and Nsabimana in Nyamiyumba Village of Saruhembe Cell in Mahama Sector. We recovered 100kgs of cannabis from them,” IP Kayigi said.
“We have since established that Nyandwi and Nsabimana had a cannabis plantation across the border in Kimisi game reserve in Karagwe, Tanzania,” he added.
In March this year, Rwanda National Police and Tanzania Police Force signed a memorandum of understanding, partly to fight drug trafficking and to destroy cannabis plantations in Tanzanian areas that neighbors Rwanda.
Uwimana, on the other hand, was arrested separately in the same police operation with 15kgs.
The arrest comes at a time when RNP is conducting countrywide campaign as part of ‘Police Week 17’ which was officially launched in Kirehe, to raise awareness against illicit drugs, among others.
In a related development, Police in Nyagatare District also destroyed an assortment of contrabands estimated at over Rwf4.6 million.
The contrabands include 190 cartons of Zebra, Africa Gin, and 70 liters of Kanyanga.
“The campaigns and operations against illicit drugs continue. We know the routes used by traffickers, and residents are playing a significant role in identifying and arresting traffickers,” said IP Kayigi.