The dealer identified as Twishime Semagori Serukundo, 29, was caught on Monday September 27 in Kigoma village, Bisizi cell, Nyakiliba sector, Rubavu district with drugs in a bus heading to Kigali.
The Western region Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi said that the suspect was arrested due to a tip off by local residents.
“A resident in Mahoko cell reported a man who was boarding a public bus in Mahoko taxi park with a sack suspected to be containing narcotics. ANU officers swiftly responded to the tip off and mounted a check point at Kigoma village, Bisizi cell,” said CIP Karekezi.
He added: “When the public bus tipped off arrived, immediately at the time it was stopped, the suspect jumped off the window and fled running leaving the sack in the bus, however lucky was not for him because passengers and officers ran after him and returned him.”
On his arrest, Semagori explained that he had got the narcotics from dealers who sneak them into the country from D.R Congo and was going to supply his clients in City of Kigali.
CIP Karekezi warned of heightened operations against drug traffickers and lauded the impact of community policing through identifying and reporting dealers.
The suspect was handed over to RIB at Kanama station 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 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.