Gisagara: Two suspected drug dealers arrested

On 27 March 2021 at 07:59

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has arrested two men in Nyanza Sector, Gisagara District in connection with trafficking and distributing narcotic drugs.

The suspects are identified as François Nsabimana, 43, and Nyiraneza Valentine, 32.

According to Superintendent of Police (SP) Theobald Kanamugire, the Police spokesperson for the Southern region, Police reacted to information from residents and first arrested Nyiraneza, recently, in Katarinzira Village, Nyamugari Cell of Nyanza Sector with two wrapped bundles of cannabis weighing 6kgs.

"Following the arrest of Nyiraneza, she disclosed that the bundles of cannabis belong to Nsabimana, who hired her for Frw2,000 to transport the narcotics to Migina in Nyamugari Cell," SP Kanamugire said.

Nsabimana fled after hearing that Nyiraneza was arrested.

"On March 24, some residents called the Police after they saw Nsabimana in Nyanza. Police officers were immediately dispatched and arrested him," the spokesperson explained.

He thanked the role of the public in fighting trafficking and use of narcotic drugs.
"These drug dealers live in communities or use them as transit routes. We commend this community policing spirit to report the dealers, which facilitates successful operations and justice," SP Kanamugire said.

Under article 263 of the law determining offences and penalties in general in Rwanda, anyone convicted for dealing in “very severe narcotic drugs” faces between 20 years and life in prison and a fine of between Rwf20 million Rwf30 million.