In the latest operations conducted on Sunday, May 9, Rwanda National Police (RNP) arrested four people in Kabusanza Village, Cyendajuru Cell in Simbi Sector with 380 litres of illicit brew.
The substances were disposed of.
The arrested distillers and sellers are identified as Anaclet Ntayobatavuga, 43, Samuel Manishimwe, 24, Vincent Ndagijimana ,18, and Antoine Kimenyi, 60.
Their arrest came few days after other 350 litres of illicit brew were also seized and disposed of in Gisagara District.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Theobald Kanamugire, the Police spokesperson for the Southern region warned against such "criminal practices."
"These are continuous operations targeting illegal distilleries and local bars in the region selling these substances," said SP Kanamugire.
He urged the public to refrain from producing and consuming the harmful drinks and report those who operate illegal distilleries.
Muriture is among the common illicit substances distilled and sold in the Southern Province.
"Most often people arrested in burglaries, domestic and sexual violence, and assault are under the influence of drugs and psychotropic substances. The operations are aimed at enforcing the law and preventing crimes that are fueled by these psychotropic drinks," the spokesperson said.
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.
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."