The psychotropic substances were seized in Bumbogo and Kimironko sectors. They were disposed of.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Marie-Gorette Umutesi, the police spokesperson for the Central region said that those illicit drinks were seized following a tip-off from residents.
“We were informed that there are some people, who produce and sell illicit brew, we led an operation to seize them. They were seized from three distillers; Marcelline Nyirangendahimana, 42, Naphtali Mbarimombazi, 39, and Patricie Mukamusangwa, 32,” CIP Umutesi said.
She warned the public against the practice but thanked those who continue to work with the Police to identify and arrest drug dealers.
“These substances are unhealthy, they pose a threat to security, as consumers are exposed to untested content brewed from potentially harmful raw materials let alone the lack of hygiene during production,” she said.
She added: “These are harmful substances, seizing and destroying them is in the general interest of ensuring a healthy living, preventing other crimes these drugs bring along especially after consumption such as battery and theft.”
The spokesperson noted that most cases of assault and domestic violence recorded are related to the consumption of such illicit substances.
All drinks with alcoholic content above 45 percent or with unknown alcoholic content are considered as “psychotropic substance.”
Article 263 of Rwanda penal code stipulates that any person who, unlawfully, produces, transforms, transports, stores, gives to another or who sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances commits an offense, with a sentence upon conviction, ranging between seven years and life in prison, and a fine of between Rwf20 million and Rwf30 million.