Superintendent of Police (SP) Evode Nkurunziza, the District Police Commander (DPC) for Nyanza, said that information about the alleged fraud was provided by a local resident, who saw Nshimiyimana sneaking and hiding the bales in a house.
"Police officers were deployed to search the said house where they recovered the four bales and arrested Nshimiyimana at the scene.
Nshimiyimana admitted to be the owner of the second-hand clothes and disclosed that he smuggles them into the country from Burundi, through porous border points," SP Nkurunziza said.
The DPC commended the responsiveness of the resident, who provided the information on fraud, and facilitated the seizure of the goods and arrest of the suspect.
"Any business has to be conducted in accordance with the law. Smuggling and fraud are punishable by law and anyone involved in such illegal business will also face the law accordingly," he warned.
He further observed that such illegal cross-border smuggling and unnecessary movements can fuel further spread of novel Coronavirus, and urged the residents to always report such unlawful and risky practices.
Under the East African Community Management Act, which is applicable in Rwanda, seized smuggled goods under article 199, are auctioned.