They were caught with about 1000 litres of an illicit drink called Nyirantare, according to Superintendent of Police (SP) Theobald Kanamugire, the Police spokesperson for the Southern region.
SP Kanamugire said the names of producers and sellers of illicit brew were compiled by local leaders and residents.
"At the home of one of the suspects, Theophile Shumbusho, 33, Police recovered 350 litres of Nyirantare brew. Another four dealers; Jacques Bampenda, Janvier Rwamakuba, Andre Murangwa, and Claude Minani Mugaga were found with 120 litres each while one Jean Baptiste Hishamunda had 160 litres," said SP Kanamugire.
He added that all the six suspects had bars in their respective homes where they were selling the susbtances.
Article 5 of the Ministerial order Nº 001/MoH/2019 of 04/03/2019 establishing the list of narcotic drugs and their categorisation classifies alcoholic drinks produced without complying with standards and other laws; on the list of simple narcotic drugs.
The seized substances were disposed of.
SP Kanamugire urged the public to stop producing and consuming the harmful drinks and report those who operate these illegal distilleries.
"Continuous operations targeting illegal distilleries and local bars in the region selling these substances have been enhanced, so we warn everyone still dealing in producing or selling illegal brew to stop.
These harmful substances influence other criminal practices as well as domestic and sexual violence."
He further reminded that bars are still closed under the government directives on prevention Covid-19 spread.
Article 263 of the law determining offences 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, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than seven years and not more than ten years and a fine of not less than Rwf5 million and less than Rwf10 million in regard to "simple narcotics."