The vehicle, plate RAC 526F Hiace was intercepted in Rugabano Sector, Gitega Cell loaded with the jerrycans of illicit drinks. Three people, who were aboard were taken into custody. The seized psychotropic substances were also disposed of.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the police spokesperson for the Western region identified the suspects as Damascene Niyomugabo, 29 (driver), Pascal Habineza, 34, and Hamisi Iraguha, 44.
“The suspects had ventured into this business and were collecting the illicit brew from different distillers in the area. They were at the time going to sell them to local bars located in the trading centres of Rambura, Rutovu and IDP Model Village in Kabuga, Rugabano Sector,” said CIP Karekezi.
He commended the “general sense and understanding” among the public to fight crimes and drug abuse in particular.
“These are harmful substances, seizing and destroying them is in the general interests of ensuring a healthy living, preventing other crimes these drugs bring along especially after consumption.”
The spokesperson noted that most cases of assault and domestic violence recorded are related to the consumption of such illicit substances.
All drinks with alcoholic content above 45 percent or with unknown alcoholic content are considered as a psychotropic substance.
Article 263 of Rwanda penal code stipulates that any person who, unlawfully, produces, transforms, transports, stores, gives to another or who sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances commits an offense, with a sentence upon conviction, ranging between seven years and life in prison, and a fine of between Rwf20 million and Rwf30 million.