Kigali: Police recovers 305 bottles of smuggled liquor

On 22 June 2023 at 06:08

The Rwanda National Police (RNP) Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime (ASOC) department, on Tuesday, June 20, seized 305 bottles of smuggled wines and liquors worth over Rwf21 million, in Gasabo District.

The wines and spirits worth Rwf21 million, were recovered in a house located in Kinyinya Sector, Kagugu Cell in Kabuhunde Village.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Sylvestre Twajamahoro, the Police spokesperson for the City of KigalI, said that two people have been arrested in connection with the act. They include a taxi-moto operator, who was the first to be arrested at Gisimenti transporting 10 bottles of liquor, and another man, who was found at the house where other 295 bottles were recovered.

The impounded liquor and wine brands include 140 bottles of Camino, 27 bottles of Amarura, Hennessy (16), 13 bottles of Captain Mogan, Veuve Cliequot (34), Moet (22), Chivas (10), Tequila Patrol (10), and five bottles of Jameson.

Others include Bombey (02), Cointreau (04), Double black (04), Jack Daniel (03), Black Label (03), Baileys (04), Drambuier (01), Hendrick (03), Remy Martin (06), and Courvoisier (02).

"There was information about a taxi-moto operator, who was supplying smuggled wines and liquors in Kigali. He was on Tuesday intercepted at Gisimenti transporting 10 bottles of liquor, and disclosed his accomplice," SP Twajamahoro said.

According to the suspect, who was arrested at the store, the wines and liquors belong to a woman, whom he did not disclose.

He revealed that the woman smuggles them into Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo before sneaking them to Kigali using a Carina vehicle.

According to him, the said woman was paying him Rwf150, 000 monthly to distribute the wines and liquors to her clients in Kigali.

He had also hired two taxi-moto operators to supply the goods.

"Police are still searching for the alleged owner of smuggled wines and spirits along with the second taxi motor operator," SP Twajamahoro said.

He thanked members of the public, who shared information on smuggling and fraud.

Article 87 of the law on tax procedures, provides an imprisonment for a term of not less than two years and not more than five years, for tax evasion.