Duo arrested with over 2,800 rolls of cannabis

On 29 May 2021 at 06:14

The Rwanda National Police (RNP) Anti-Narcotics Unit (ANU), on Thursday, May 27, arrested red-handed two people in Kigali and Nyabihu District in possession of combined 2,836 pellets of cannabis.

Those arrested are identified as Angelique Byukusenge, 21, found with 1,000 pellets and Marie Therese Uwiduhaye, 25, found with 1,836 pellets.

According to Chief Insepector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi , the Police spokesperson for the Western region, ANU first arrested Byukusenge at about 10am, in Kibaya Village, Kamashashi Cell, Nyarugunga Sector of Kicukiro District, with 1,000 rolls of cannabis.

"Following her arrest, Byukusenge disclosed that she got the narcotics from another supplier (Marie Theresa Uwiduhaye) in Kageri Village, Kora Cell, Bigogwe Sector in Nyabihu District, where Uwiduhaye was also located and arrested with 1836 pellets," said CIP Karekezi.

Byukusenge is also a resident of Bigogwe Sector in Nyabihu District.

Uwiduhaye is suspected to be a major drug trafficker with links in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where she gets the narcotics.

Investigations indicate that she has been frequenting DRC and sneaks the narcotics into Rwanda herself, through porous borders.

The 2,836 rolls of cannabis was her latest consignment she brought few days prior to her arrest.

Meanwhile, at the time of Byukusenge’s arrest, she was delivering the narcotics to one David Semana, 31, in Kibaya Village, Kamashashi Cell in Nyarugunga Sector, Kicukiro District.

However, Semana was at the time already in Police custody over the same crime.

CIP Karekezi commended the existing partnership between the Police and public through credible information sharing on major drug dealers.

"This partnership is helping to break such chains of supply, and it is crucial in fighting drug related crimes," the spokesperson said.

Byukusenge and Uwiduhaye were handed over to RIB at Jenda station for further legal process.

Article 3 of the Ministerial order nº 001/moh/2019 of 04/03/2019 establishing the list of narcotic drugs and their categorisation classifies cannabis in the category of "very severe narcotics.’’

Article 263 of law No. 68/2018 of 30/08/2018 determining offenses and penalties in general states that any person, who unlawfully produces, transforms, transports, stores, gives to another or who sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, commits an offence.

Upon conviction for "very severe narcotic drugs," the offender faces between 20 years and life imprisonment, and a fine of up to Frw30 million.