The suspected drug dealers identified as Theoneste Niyomugabo, 21 and Twizerimana Hitabatuma, 34, were intercepted on Saturday 11th September 2021 in Nyakigezi village, Gakoro cell, Rugera sector as they carried the narcotics on a bicycle.
The Western region Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi has said that the suspects were intercepted by traffic Police officers on duty.
“Traffic Police officers who were on duty in Nyakigezi village, stopped three people who were on one bicycle ridden by Theoneste Mugabo with a sack. When Police officers searched the sack they found it contained pellets of cannabis. Mugabo and Hitabatuma were arrested while the third accomplice fled in the process," CIP Karekezi said.
Upon their arrest, the suspects disclosed that they got the narcotics from Musanze District and that they were enroute to Muhanga District to supply their clients.
CIP Karekezi warned commercial bicyclists and taxi-moto operators against engaging or facilitating drug traffickers
The two suspects were handed over to RIB at Rugera station for further investigation while the search for accomplices is still ongoing.
The Ministerial order nº 001/MoH/2019 of 04/03/2019 establishing the list of narcotic drugs and their categorization 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 narcotics," the offender faces between 20 years and life imprisonment, and a fine of between Rwf20 million and Rwf30 million.