Ngororero: Police foils attempt by drug dealers to distribute 5,000 pellets of cannabis

On 16 January 2024 at 07:09

A collaboration between the Police and residents in Ngororero and Rubavu districts led to the arrest of a man on Sunday, January 14, who was transporting about 5,000 pellets of cannabis.

The suspect, who was enroute to Muhanga District, was intercepted midway in Ngororero District, Ngororero sector in Rususa cell, Rususa village.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Karekezi Twizere Bonaventure, the Police spokesperson for Western region, said that the suspect was being transported by a taxi-moto operator, who fled during the operation.

"Police received a phone call from a resident about a suspected drug dealer traveling from Busasamana sector in Rubavu district heading to Muhanga District," said SP Karekezi.

He added: "A checkpoint was mounted in Rususa village, Ngororero District where a taxi-moto operator and the passenger, who had the narcotics were intercepted at about 6p.m, with a consignment of 5000 rolls of cannabis, although the moto rider managed to flee."

The suspect had sneaked the narcotics into Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), through a porous border point.

Reports indicate that the same suspect has been frequenting Goma in DRC, where he get the narcotics and supplies others dealers especially in Muhanga and Kigali.

His arrest came less than a mother after another drug dealer was arrested in Rusizi District with 108kgs and 500 pellets of cannabis.

In November, last year, a woman and her son were also arrested in Rwamagana District, Mwulire sector with 105kgs of cannabis.

Cannabis is classified as a severe narcotic drug in Rwanda.

Trafficking and distribution of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances is punishable under article 263 of the law determining offences and penalties in general.

It partly 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, the offender is liable to an imprisonment of between 20 year and life, and a fine of between Rwf20 million and Rwf30 million, in regard to severe narcotic drugs.