The duo of Adelphine Muragijimana and Fidele Niyonambaza were at the time traveling in a public vehicle when it was intercepted by the Police in Nyamitanzi Cell, Kivumu Village.
The Police spokesperson for Western region, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi said that Niyonambaza was the bus conductor working with Muragijimana, who was among the passengers.
He added that following a tip-off from an informer, Police stopped the vehicle, which was headed to Jomba from Mukamira.
"We had received information that this specific vehicle had a suspected drug dealer on board. Police officers deployed stopped the bus, searched it and recovered 4700 pellets of cannabis concealed in a bag belonging to Muragijimana, who was taken into custody alongside Niyonambaza, the bus conductor, who had connived with her to traffic the narcotics," CIP Karekezi said.
It is suspected that Niyonambaza has been facilitating drug dealers transporting them alongside their narcotics from one point to another.
CIP Karekezi thanked the citizen who reported the criminal act and facilitated the arrest of the suspected drug traffickers.
He warned transporters as well as taxi-moto operators against aiding drug dealers but also to be vigilant and report traffickers, who would attempt to use them to transport the narcotics.
Fighting drugs and related crimes as well as breaking particular chains of supply is among the Rwanda National Police (RNP) priorities in crime prevention, and the establishment of the Anti-Narcotics Unit (ANU) was in that line.
Cannabis is listed as a “very severe drug” under the Ministerial Order No.001/MoH/2019 of 04/03/2019 establishing the list of narcotic drugs and their categorization.
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.