Two drug traffickers identified as Yannick Musore, 20, and Ndimucyenda Eric, 26, were intercepted in Bwiza Village, Bugoyi cell in Gisenyi Sector of Rubavu district with 2,000 pellets of cannabis.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Police spokesperson of the Western region, said that the duo currently in quarantine at College Inyemeramihigo for COVID-19 tests, was arrested by security personnel on patrol as they crossed into Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo, through an illegal border point.
Two other suspects; Aloys Sezibera, 50, and a motorcyclist who was transporting him identified as Mbarushimana Faustin, 38, were intercepted at a traffic check-point in Tarafiporo village of Bunyunju cell, Kivumu sector in Rutsiro with 800 pellets of cannabis.
Their motorcycle, registration number RE 328X, was also impounded.
Sezibera said that he got the narcotics from another distributor whom he met in Pfunda in Rubavu District. He was at the time delivering the narcotics to another dealer in Ruhango Sector in Rutsiro District.
CIP Karekezi said that Sezibera is a member of the chain that transports and distributes narcotics to retailers in different parts of the country.
"These are criminal acts which can also spread COVID-19 through such illegal movements," CIP Karekezi said, calling for sharing of information on drug traffickers and their distribution chains."
Meanwhile, law enforcement organs in the Eastern Province are also searching for two other drug traffickers, who managed to flee during an operation conducted early Tuesday in Murama Sector, Ngoma District.
The two suspects, who were travelling on a motorcycle plate number RC945D, were trafficking at least 15kgs of cannabis.
CIP Hamdun Twizeyimana, the Police spokesperson for the Eastern region, said that the duo, still at large, was intercepted at about 4AM at a snap-check mounted in Kibaya Village, Kabaya Cell in Murama.
"They noticed a checkpoint from a distance, abandoned the motorcycle and the narcotics and runaway. The impounded exhibits were taken to Kibungo Police station as the search for the suspects, whose identities are known, is still underway," CIP Twizeyimana said.
Anyone convicted as a drug trafficker and dealer in severe drugs, faces between 20 years and life in prison and a fine of up to Rwf30 million, under article 263 of the law relating to offences and penalties in Rwanda.