One intercepted trafficking narcotics into Rwanda

On 20 July 2020 at 01:08

A suspected drug dealer was arrested in Karundo Village, Mbugangari Cell of Gisenyi Sector in Rubavu District with 582 pellets of cannabis.

Pacifique Usengimana, 22, was intercepted in the evening of July 17, just after crossing into Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Karekezi, the Police spokesperson for the Western region, said that Usengimana was intercepted by securing organs on duty.

"Usengimana used an illegal border point to cross into Rwanda, fortune enough, members of security organs, who were on duty saw and stopped him. When they searched him they found the luggage he had contained 582 rolls of cannabis. He was immediately taken into custody for drug trafficking," CIP Karekezi explained.

He added: "Such illegal acts of crossing the border and criminal behaviors of trafficking and distributing narcotic drugs can equally be the source of COVID-19.

It’s criminal and risky to both the dealer and the community where such a person operates his criminal activities. Usengimana has been isolated for COVID-19 medical examination before he faces court for the alleged criminal act."

He appealed to members of the public and communities residing along border lines to give no room for such drug traffickers, who can also easily infect them with Coronavirus.

Anyone convicted for "severe drugs" under article 263 of the law determining offences and penalties in Rwanda, faces between 20 and life imprisonment, and a fine of up to Rwf30 million