The suspects were arrested on Monday, February 1, with varied quantities of cannabis.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Theobald Kanamugire, the Police spokesperson for the Southern region, said that the operations were conducted concurrently in Gisagara, Ruhango and Huye districts as a response to credible information provided by local residents.
"The operations are part of the Rwanda National Police efforts to break drug trafficking and supply chains. They target individuals or groups that sneak the narcotics into the country; the local dealers or sellers as well as those facilitating the supply chains such as drivers and motorcyclists," SP Kanamugire said.
He identified those arrested as Alphonse Sebwenda, 28, who was arrested in Gisagara, Kibirizi Sector in Ruturo Cell; Emmanuel Nsengiyumva, 27, arrested in Rwoga, Ruhango District; as well as the trio of Claudette Mukabisangwa, 39, Eric Kabandana, 21, and Chakulu Abdoul, 23, all arrested in Huye, Ngoma Sector in Matyazo Cell, Ruvuzo Village.
"Their names were compiled with the help of residents, community policing groups and local authorities as well as other drug dealers arrested in previous operations. These are suspected major suppliers and sellers of cannabis in the areas where they were arrested. Indeed, during the operations, they were found in possession of varied quantities of cannabis," said the spokesperson.
He warned that police will not relent on arrests and thanked members of the public, who facilitate the successful operations by providing credible information.