Three arrested with narcotic drugs

On 10 May 2020 at 05:13

The Rwanda National Police (RNP) Anti-Narcotics Unit (ANU), on Thursday, arrested three people said to be part of the same chain that traffics and distributes narcotic drugs in Rubavu District.

The suspects were arrested in Rugerero Sector in possession of 1000 pellets of cannabis.

They are currently being held at Rugerero Police Station pending further investigations by Rwanda Investigation Bureau.

The Western Region Police Spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Karekezi, who confirmed the arrest, identified the suspects as Eustache Kayinamura, 41, Jean Pierre Nkurunziza, 26 and Félicien Maniraguha, 28, who were caught red-handed.

“The three were arrested following credible information that they were trafficking and distributing cannabis in Rubavu," CIP Karekezi said.

“We thank those who continue to give no room for drug traffickers, distributors and consumers. These criminal acts fuel other crimes like theft, rape, assault and even murder without forgetting poisoning people. We should all stand up, break silence on dealers who poison our societies."

Fighting drugs abuse is one of the Rwanda National Police priorities and a number of initiatives have been laid to combat the vice through community policing where majority dealers and users have since been arrested.

Article 263 of the new penal code partly states that any person who, unlawfully produces, transforms, transports, stores, gives to another or who sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances commits an offence, with a sentence ranging from seven years to life in prison, upon conviction, and a fine of between Rwf20 million and Rwf30 million.