Another drug trafficker arrested in Rubavu

On 10 June 2020 at 08:00

Police in Rubavu, on Sunday, arrested one Olivier Munderere, 20, in possession of 1,000 pellets of cannabis. His arrest came less than a week after another drug dealer was caught with 3000 pellets of cannabis.

Munderere was arrested in Rubavu Sector, Rukoko Cell due to information provided by residents.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Karekezi, the police spokesperson for the Western region said that they got information that the suspect was looking for a client, and organize an operation to arrest him.

“When we heard that Munderere was looking for a buyer, we posed as buyers and arrested him red-handed. Munderere didn’t disclose the source of the narcotics but named his boss, who is still at large,” CIP Karekezi said.

Local residents said that Munderere is part of the ring that traffics the narcotics into the country from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and distributes it to local suppliers in different parts of the country.

The spokesperson warned that the police are aware of all the tricks that drug dealers are using, adding that the ownership of the public continues to play a major part in dismantling rings.

“People, especially the youth are engaging themselves in this black business for money, we urge them to look for other beneficial and legal businesses instead of indulging in criminal activities.”

Article 263 of Rwanda penal code stipulates that any person who, unlawfully, produces, transforms, transports, stores, gives to another or who sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances commits an offense, with a sentence upon conviction, ranging between 20 years and life in prison, and a fine of between Rwf20 million and Rwf30 million.