The Rwanda National Police (RNP) Anti-Narcotics Unit (ANU) has arrested three people in Rubavu District suspected to be major drug dealers.
The trio; Laurent Ntakamaro, 59, Clenie Nyiransabimana, 36, and Aline Icyimanizanye, 30, were arrested on December 9, in Gisenyi and Rubavu sectors with combined 5504 pellets of cannabis.
They were at the time in the process to traffic the narcotics to City of Kigali, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Police spokesperson for the Western region, said.
"Ntakamaro and Nyiransabimana were arrested in Isangano Village, Bugoyi Cell in Gisenyi with 504 pellets while Icyimanizanye was arrested in Murambi Village, Buhaza Cell in Rubavu Sector with 5,000 rolls of cannabis. These drug dealers were reported by residents," CIP Karekezi said.
He added: "Residents had earlier told ANU that Ntakamaro is a drug dealer and would receive a new consignment that day.
ANU got further information on the spot where Ntakamaro would meet his supplier before he would also supply other dealers in Kigali. That’s how Nyiransabimana was also arrested as she brought the 504 pellets to Ntakamaro concealed in a bag of irish potatoes."
Ntakamaro and Nyiransabimana are suspected to have been working together to traffic and distribute narcotic drugs in Rubavu and Kigali.
Icyimanizanye was also arrested with 5000 pellets as he was going to supply other drug dealers, following information provided by residents.
The suspects were handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) for further legal action.
The Ministerial Order No. 001/MoH/2019 of 04/03/2019 establishing the list of narcotic drugs and their categorization classifies cannabis as a "very severe drug."
The law determining offences and penalties in general in Rwanda, especially in its article 263, provides an imprisonment of between 20 years and life, for anyone convicted for very severe narcotic drugs and a fine of up to Frw30 million.