Cyriaque Rwandanga, 52, was arrested at his home in Kaviri Village, Kiyumba Cell, Cyanika Sector where two small sacks of cannabis were recovered in a hole, which he dug in the living room.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Theobald Kanamugire, the Police spokesperson for the Southern region, said that Rwandanga’s criminal activities were reported by concerned residents of Kaviri Village.
"Rwandanga has a shop in Kaviri village which he was using to also sell cannabis but keeping other quantities at his home. He was mainly supplying local retailers and consumers.
When residents tipped-off the Police, officers searched his house where they recovered 13kgs buried in the living room where he dug a hole, covered it with a mat and placed a table on top," SP Kanamugire explained.
He was handed over to RIB at Gasaka station for further investigations.
His arrest came on heels of increased Rwanda National Police (RNP) operations aimed at breaking chains of supply of the very severe narcotic drug.
On October 4, two suspected big suppliers were apprehended in Rubavu District, Kanzenze Sector with 6000 pellets of cannabis.
This followed another successful operation on September 26, in Nyamasheke District where other two big dealers were arrested with 247kgs of cannabis.
Similarly, last month on September 21, two suspected drug dealers were arrested separately in Rulindo and Gakenke districts with combined 1012 pellets of cannabis.
The successful operations are attributed to the responsiveness of the public through community policing.