Smuggler intercepted in Huye

On 3 June 2020 at 03:11

A suspected smuggler was intercepted on Sunday in Huye District with assorted smuggled goods. Marie Jeanne Uyisenga, 37, was at the time travelling in a cab registration number RAB 689L, when it was stopped in Ngoma Sector, Huye Cell.

Uyisenga was at the time smuggling 10 rolls of electric cables and 10 weighing scales, among others, Police said.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Sylvestre Twajamahoro, the Police spokesperson for the Southern region, said that the vehicle, which the suspect had hired to transport the goods, was also impounded.

He added that the driver of the cab managed to escape the arrest. “He parked and abandoned the car, and run away after seeing Police officers, leaving his client and her goods in the vehicle.”

The goods had been smuggled into the country from a neighbouring country, through a porous border post, said CIP Twajamahoro.

“We had received information about the vehicle carrying smuggled brought into the country through illegal routes. Police mounted a checkpoint and intercepted the vehicle in Huye Cell, Ngoma Sector, although the driver managed to flee.”

Uyisenga argued that he got the goods from Nyaruguru District and intended to sell them in Huye District.

CIP Twajamahoro thanked a resident, who reported the smuggling and evasion of tax.

“These are acts of illegal trade and tax evasion, with impact on the country’s economy and development,” he observed.

The penalties for smuggling include impounding the vehicle used and the goods, which are auctioned off.

Besides this, drivers involved in the smuggling activities are fined $5000 and also prosecuted in accordance to the law.