Drug dealer arrested

On 19 May 2020 at 06:55

Police in Rubavu District, on Sunday, arrested a woman after she was found in possession of 408 pellets of cannabis.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Karekezi, the Police spokesperson for the Western region, said that Marie Uwimana, 28, was arrested in Mudende Sector following a tip-off by residents.

"She used to sell cannabis in different homes, residents got to know her as a drug dealer and gave information to the police. We worked with other security organs to trace for her.

We later located and arrested her on Sunday selling cannabis to one of her customers called Samson Harerimana, who managed to escape. Uwimana was at the time found in possession of 408 pellets," CIP Karekezi said.

He commended the role of the public in breaking chains of drug dealers.
The spokesperson warned of increased crackdown on dealers and called for strengthened efforts through information sharing.

CIP Karekezi reminded that the police will continue to work closely with partners including the public to break chains of drug trafficking, which he said it fuels other crimes that undermine development, peace, and human health.

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.