The smugglers were at the time sneaking the goods into Rwanda through Ruhunda Village, Ngoma Cell, Gishyita Sector of Karongi District.
The suspects were coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by boat through Lake Kivu, according to the Western Region Police Spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Boneventure Twizere Karekezi.
He identified the arrested smugglers as Pole Bantu Barume, 38, Salomon Ahad, 22, Samvura Ndayisenga, 28, and David Heri, 21.
"All the suspects are Congolese nationals, who were attempting to sneak the bales of used clothes and a sewing machine into Rwanda by boat, through Lake Kivu.
They were trying to cross to Ruhunda Village at about 6pm," said CIP Karekezi.
The suspects disclosed that the goods belong to one Dieudonne, who hails from Mbuga Sector in Karongi District.
"Dieudonne is part of the group of smugglers, and two members of this group identified as Kayigema Bucyayungura and Nyangoma were recently apprehended over the same crime," CIP Karekezi said.
The Western Region Spokesperson thanked residents for their continued collaboration with security organs to foil such illegal activities.
The suspects were handed over to RIB at Bwishyura station while the exhibits were handed over to Karongi Revenue Protection Unit (RPU) for further management as security organs work together to locate the prime suspect, Dieudonne.
Under article 199 of the East African Community Management Act, which is also applicable in Rwanda, seized smuggled goods are auctioned.
A taxpayer, who commits fraud, is subject to an administrative fine of one hundred percent (100%) of the evaded tax. With exception to that penalty, the Tax Administration refers the case to the Prosecution service if the taxpayer voluntarily evaded such tax, like through the use of false accounts, falsified documents or any other act punishable by law. In case of conviction, the taxpayer can be imprisoned for a period between six (6) months and two (2) years.”