The intensified crackdown against illicit drugs in the Western region led to the seizure of 114 kilograms and about 1000 pellets of cannabis in operations conducted in Rubavu and Nyabihu districts and arrested two people in connection with the two separate crimes.
Those arrested include one Jean Pierre Nyirimpuhwe, who was intercepted in Rugerero Sector of Rubavu with 114kgs of cannabis, which he was transporting in a vehicle plate number RAA 005J, at the time en route to Kigali.
He is currently held at Gisenyi Police Station where the impounded drugs and vehicle were also taken.
In Nyabihu, one Robert Munezero was also intercepted trafficking 1000 rolls of cannabis in a Toyota Hiace RAD 276A. He is currently detained at Jomba Police station as investigations proceed.
Meanwhile, on the same day, residents of Rubavu witnessed the public destruction of about 1000kgs of cannabis, 100 litres of Kanyanga and 40 dozens of blue sky; all seized in varied operations conducted in the last one year.
The destruction activity held in Kanama Sector was attended by thousands of residents, local leaders and students of GS Kanama Catholique and ADEPOCH secondary schools.
The District Police Commander of Rubavu, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Callixte Kalisa, while speaking shortly after the destruction exercise, told the residents that “these are fruits of community policing and tireless effort and partnership with the police to combat abuse of drugs.”
“Each one of us and parents in particular, has the obligation to protect the young generation from this scourge. This requires vigilance, strong partnership and timely information sharing on dealers and abusers. Police is here for you; use us and feed us with information on illegal or criminal activities,” SSP Kalisa said.
He, however, acknowledged that there has been positive response from the residents in Rubavu in identifying and reporting suspected drug dealers that continues to facilitate successful operations and arrests, and urged them to work as a team and build on that.
In regard to Kanyanga and other illicit banned gin, the DPC enlightened them that such drinks are harmful to consumers and they are against the organic law determining unauthorized drinks and other controlled substances classified as narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors which states that the outlawed substances affect one’s thinking and productivity thus affecting the nation.
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.