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Over 10,000 pellets of cannabis seized from couple in Musanze

By IGIHE
On 18 juin 2022 at 05:30

At least 10,160 pellets of cannabis were seized from a couple in Musanze District in operations against drug dealers conducted on Thursday, June 16.

Consolee Nyiraguhirwa, 25, was arrested at about 2pm in Mutuzo Village, Kibuguzo Cell of Shingiro Sector with the narcotics while his husband, Jean De Dieu Niyonkuru, 29, managed to flee during the operation.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Alex Ndayisenga, the Northern Political and Civic Education Officer (RPCEO), said the couple was reported by area residents, who suspected them to be drug dealers.

“Niyongira is a suspected major dealer, who traffics cannabis into Rwanda from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Available information indicates that he was using a motorcycle to transport the narcotics, and he was mainly supplying other dealers in City of Kigali," SP Ndayisenga said.

He added that when the Police received information that Niyongira had brought a new consignment of cannabis, officers went to his home on Thursday where they found his wife, Nyiraguhirwa packing rolls of cannabis in small quantities in banned polythene bags.

Nyiraguhirwa was taken into custody although her husband fled after seeing Police officers. Nyiraguhirwa was handed over to RIB at Busogo station for further investigations as efforts to trace and arrest her spouse are still ongoing.

SP Ndayisenga commended the role of the public in identifying and reporting drug dealers.

The Ministerial order No. 001/MoH/2019 of 04/03/2019 establishing the list of narcotic drugs and their categorization classifies cannabis in the category of "very severe narcotics.’’

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 between Rwf20 million and Rwf30 million.


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