Over 1550kgs of cannabis seized in Rubavu operations

On 11 March 2021 at 05:11

More than 1550kgs of cannabis have been seized from drug traffickers and local dealers in Rubavu District since 2019, as part of the Rwanda National Police (RNP) heightened operations especially in major trafficking routes.

Rubavu is mapped as one of the main trafficking corridors.

The narcotics were disposed of on Tuesday, March 9, in a public exercise held in Nyakiliba Sector, Gikombe Cell in Nyabibuye Village.

Also destroyed are assorted illicit and substandard products, including Simba, Baresa and Blue Sky gin, which were seized from smugglers during the same period.

The destruction exercise was witnessed by the Mayor of Rubavu, Gilbert Habyarimana, Chief Prosecutor for Rubavu, Ngororero and Nyabihu, Janvier Munyaneza, Police and investigators, among others.

According to the District Police Commander (DPC) for Rubavu, Superintendent of Police (SP) Jean Bosco Karega, the destroyed narcotics were seized from more than 170 drug dealers, who were arrested in the same period.

He added that the traffickers were mainly arrested along the porous borders of Rubavu, Busasamana and Gisenyi sectors and in Gisenyi town.

The DPC echoed the fruits of strong partnership with the local people to identify and arrest drug dealers operating in their communities or using the areas as trafficking routes from the DR Congo.

’’Your participation in fighting against drug dealers and the effects of narcotic drugs is always valued and recognized," the DPC said.

He went on to warn everyone involved in such criminal practices to divert their money into other legal ventures to improve their welfare instead of poisoning other people for their selfish ends.

The Mayor of Rubavu, Gilbert Habyarimana commended Rwanda National Police and other security organs for the fruitful operations.

He urged the residents to reinforce these operations in the fight against the drugs and to break all chains of dealers, by reporting suspected dealers.

"Police and other security organs have registered tremendous success in anti-drug operations. It is equally your responsibility as residents and Rwandans to report traffickers using your communities as routes or dealers operating in your communities to protect your families and children in particular, who are the majority victims," Mayor Habyarimana said.

He, however, warned those residents, who work with drug dealers to harbour them or using their homes as stores.

Chief Prosecutor Munyaneza reminded residents the repurcussions of dealing in drugs or facilitating drug dealers.

Article 3 of the Ministerial order nº 001/moh/2019 of 04/03/2019 establishing the list of narcotic drugs and their categorisation classifies Cannabis in the category of "very severe narcotics."

Article 263 0f Law No 68/2018 of 30/08/2018 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, he/she faces between 20 years and life imprisonment, and a fine of up to Rwf30 million.

The narcotics were disposed of on Tuesday, March 9, in a public exercise held in Nyakiliba Sector, Gikombe Cell in Nyabibuye Village. Photo RNP