They were arrested in two separate operations conducted by the Rwanda National Police (RNP) Anti-Narcotics Unit (ANU), on Friday and Saturday.
They are Jean Nepo Ngendahimana, 38, was intercepted on Friday in Runyeheri Village, Nyarushyamba Cell, Nyakiriba Sector with 2,272 pellets of cannabis and a taxi-moto operator, Venuste Nshimiyimana, 22, arrested on Saturday in Rushasho Village, Kirerema Cell, Kanzenze Sector with 275 pellets of cannabis.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Police spokesperson for the Western region, said that Police is still searching for a taxi-moto operator only identified as Clement, who was also transporting Ngendahimana but managed to flee during the operation.
“We had information from residents that the Ngendahimana and Clement were in the process of trafficking the narcotics from Busasamana Sector to Nyakiriba through Nyarushyamba cell. Police conducted an operation targeting the suspects, who were intercepted at about 6am, although the rider managed to escape in the process,” said CIP Karekezi.
The motorcycle was impounded to Kanama RIB station where Ngendahimana was also taken alongside the exhibits.
Nshimiyimana, on the other hand, was at the time riding from Mushubati Sector of Rutsiro District.
“Nshimiyimana was hired by one Nsabimana, who lives in Kanzenze Sector, to bring him the narcotics and had promised to pay him Frw50,000 after delivering the narcotics to him," CIP Karekezi explained.
He further warned taxi-moto operators against facilitating drug dealers and added that Police and the ANU in particular, heightened operations against dealers in drugs.
The Ministerial order nº 001/MoH/2019 of 04/03/2019 establishing the list of narcotic drugs and their categorisation classifies cannabis in the category of "very severe narcotics.’’
Article 263 of law No. 68/2018 of 30/08/2018 determining offenses and penalties in general states that any person, who unlawfully produces, transforms, transports, stores, gives to another or who sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, commits an offence.
Upon conviction for very severe narcotics, the offender faces between 20 years and life imprisonment, and a fine of between Rwf20 million and Rwf30 million.