Rubavu: Six arrested in intensified operations against drug dealers

On 9 March 2021 at 05:45

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has arrested six people in Rubavu District suspected to be part of rings of major drug traffickers and local distributors.

They were arrested on Sunday, March 7, in separate operations conducted by the RNP Anti-Narcotics Unit (ANU) in the sectors of Rubavu and Gisenyi.

They were at the time found in possession of combined 2610 pellets of cannabis.

The Western region Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi said the arrest is part of the ongoing operations targeting people identified to be major drug dealers in different parts of the country and to break chains of supply.

"The suspects include a couple; Uwamahirwe Feza ,36, and her husband Moses Habimana ,39, who were apprehended in Buhaza Cell in Rubavu sector with 1016 pellets of cannabis, which they had buried in the backyard. Uwamahirwe was on the list of local suppliers in Rubavu," CIP Karekezi said.

Two other suspected drug dealers; Theoneste Baranyeretse, 39, and Froduard Manishimwe ,31, were intercepted in Gisenyi trafficking 1500 rolls of cannabis on a motorcycle.

Manishimwe is a taxi-moto operator in Rubavu, who is suspected of working with drug dealers to transport them or their narcotics.

On the same day, Police also arrested one only identified as Niyibizi with 90 pellets of cannabis as well as his suspected supplier called Abdoul Manirakiza ,33, who was at the time found with 10 pellets of cannabis.

CIP Karekezi commended residents, who have joined efforts against the vice.
Last week, two suspected major drug dealers were arrested in Jomba sector of Nyabihu District with over 4700 pellets of cannabis.

Three others were arrested in Kayonza District with 15kgs of cannabis.

Last month, ANU arrested three other drug dealers in Rubavu with 13,000 pellets of cannabis concealed in three bundles while another major dealer was arrested in Nyamasheke District with 80kgs.

Cannabis is listed as a “very several drug” under the Ministerial Order No.001/MoH/2019 of 04/03/2019 establishing the list of narcotic drugs and their categorization.

Under article 263 of the law determining offences and penalties in general in Rwanda, anyone convicted for dealing in “very severe narcotic drugs” faces between 20 years and life in prison and a fine of between Rwf20 million Rwf30 million.