Over 60kgs of cannabis seized in Police operations, eight dealers arrested

On 7 August 2021 at 06:31

The Rwanda National Police (RNP) Anti-Narcotics Unit (ANU) has impounded over 60kgs and 1,225 pellets of cannabis from dealers in separate operations conducted in different parts of the country.

The narcotics were seized from eight dealers, who were alsl arrested in the operations conducted on Wednesday and Thursday in Rubavu, Huye, Gasabo and Nyarugenge districts.

In Rubavu, Cyanzarwe Sector, Ryabigezi Cell, Musende Village, one Ami de Dieu Habufiteyezu, 23, was arrested on Wednesday, August 4, with 212 pellets of cannabis which he was retailing to local consumers.

“Area residents in Ryabigezi Cell reported on August 5, that Habufiteyezu was selling drugs to local consumers, Police swiftly conducted an operation and found him with 212 pellets," CIP Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Police spokesperson for the Western region, said.

He added that Police is also still searching for a taxi-moto operator identified as Olivier Uwiringiyimana, who dropped a bundle of cannabis weighing 60kgs and fled, on Thursday, July 5, in Hehu Cell, Bugeshi Sector of Rubavu District.

Uwiringiyimana was at the time transporting the bundle of narcotics on a motorcycle plate number RE 686D.

Meanwhile in Huye District, Huye Sector, Nyakagezi Cell, two suspected drug dealers; Richard Kwitonda, 24, and one only identified as Nyiramisago were apprehended with combined 1/2kgs and143 pellets of cannabis.

The Southern region Police spokesperson, Superintendent of Police(SP) Theobald Kanamugire said that the suspects were arrested following information provided by local residents.

They were arrested on Wednesday as they were selling the narcotics to their consuming clients.

"Kwitonda was arrested red-handed with 143 pellets of cannabis in Nyakagezi cell, he disclosed that he got them from Nyiramisago, a suspected major supplier, who was located at her home and arrested with other narcotics," SP Kanamugire said.

In Gasabo District, Gisozi Sector, Ruhango Cell, Kanyinya Village, the duo of Jeanne Mutoni, 25, and Josephine Mukarutesi, 40, were arrested with combined 525 pellets.

Mutoni and Mukarutesi were allegedly concealing the narcotics in groceries and selling them in Budurira trading center.

In the operations conducted in Nyarugenge District, Nyakabanda Sector, Nyakabanda I Cell; Police arrested Samuel Iyakaremye alias Bironda, 53, Protais Rukundo, 31, and Eric Kabanda alias Jimmy, 30. They were found at the home of Iyakaremye where they were at the time abusing drugs, and where 345 pellets of cannabis were also recovered.

All the suspects were handed over to RIB for further legal process

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

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 up to Rwf30 million

Any person, who in any way, eats, drinks, injects himself/herself, inhales or one who anoints oneself with psychotropic substances, commits an offence and faces between one and two years in prison, or subject to a penalty of community service.