They were arrested in separate operations conducted on Monday, November 1.
The Southern region Police spokesperson, Superintendent of Police (SP) Theobald Kanamugire identified the arrested drug dealers as Felecien Niyigena, 23, and Solange Mukandekezi, 26.
At the time, they were found in possession of combined 630 rolls of cannabis.
"Niyigena was arrested in Kabeza Village, Mukinga Cell, Nyamiyaga Sector of Kamonyi District with 330 pellets of cannabis while Mukandekezi was found in possession of 300 pellets in Nyamure Village, Nyacyina Cell, Gashenyi Sector, Gakenke District," SP Kanamugire said.
The suspected drug dealers, he added were reported by the residents.
"On Monday at about 10pm, Police received information from residents of Mukinga about Niyigena, whom they suspected of being a drug dealer. Police went to his home where they recovered 330 pellets of cannabis in his bedroom," said the spokesperson.
Mukandekezi, on the other hand, was at the time enroute to City of Kigali where she was to supply her customers, according the District Police Commander for Gakenke, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Gaston Karagire.
“Police received information at about 6pm, from a resident in Nyacyina that Mukandekezi was waiting for bus at the station to go to Kigali, and that she had a consignment of cannabis. Police intercepted her at the bus station, searched her luggage and recovered an envelope containing 300 pellets of cannabis," said SSP Karagire.
Upon her arrest, Mukandekezi disclosed that she had got the narcotics from Karambo sector and was going to supply her clients in the City of Kigali.
SP Kanamugire lauded the vigilance and responsiveness of the residents.
The Suspects were handed over to RIB for further legal process.
Cannabis is classified among the ’very severe narcotics’ under the Ministerial order nº 001/moh/2019 of 04/03/2019 establishing the list of narcotic drugs and their categorisation.
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, the offender faces between 20 years and life imprisonment and a fine of between Rwf20 million and Rwf30 million.