On July 24, following information provided by the public, Police arrested a suspected major drug trafficker only identified as Nzayisenga, in Karerema Cell, Kanzenze Sector, Rubavu District with about 2,000 pellets of cannabis.
Nzayisenga was at the time traveling from Busasamana sector to deliver the narcotics to his retailers in Kanzenze, according to CIP Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Police spokesperson for the Western region.
"Residents had provided information that Nzayisenga is a drug dealer. On July 24, they saw him with a sack on a motorcycle ridden by one Olivier Uwingabire, heading to Kanzenze from Busasamana," said CIP Karekezi.
"The residents immediately informed their local leaders, who in turn called the Police. Nzayisenga was intercepted, checked his sack only to find it contained about 2,000 pellets of cannabis, he was taken into custody although the taxi-moto operator managed to flee but the motorcycle was impounded."
He warned commercial motorcyclists against facilitating drug dealers.
Nzayisenga along with the impounded motorcycle and narcotics, were handed over to RIB at Kanama station for further investigation as the search for Uwingabire is still underway.
Cannabis is classified among the "very severe narcotic drugs" by the Ministerial order Nº 001/MoH/2019 of 04/03/2019 establishing the list of narcotic drugs and their categorization.
Article 263 of law No 68/2018 of 30/08/2018 determining offenses 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 for "very severe narcotics," the offender faces between 20 years and life imprisonment, and a fine of up to Rwf30 million.