Nisingizwe had smuggled the three bales from the neighbouring Uganda through a porous border point, according to Superintendent of Police (SP) Hamdun Twizeyimana, the Police spokesperson for the Eastern region.
"The bales were recovered from Nisingizwe’s garden in Rwimiyaga at about 8:30p.m, where she hid them after sneaking them into Rwanda," said SP Twizeyimana.
He added that the used clothes were sneaked into Rwanda the previous night as reported by area residents.
"Residents, who witnessed the acts of smuggling and fraud that night, called the Police. She hid them in a sorghum plantation in the backyard of her house in Rwimiyaga Village, where they were recovered and the suspect taken into custody," SP Twizeyimana said, adding that the goods were handed over to Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA), Nyagatare branch.
He thanked the residents for the community policing act and urged them to maintain the spirit against smuggling and drug trafficking.
A taxpayer, who commits fraud, is also subject to an administrative fine of one hundred percent (100%) of the evaded tax and a likely imprisonment of between six months and two years. Seized smuggled goods are also auctioned.