Western Province: Over 4,000 rolls of cannabis seized, three arrested

On 6 June 2021 at 05:35

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has seized 4, 092 rolls off cannabis in separate operations conducted in Nyabihu and Rusizi districts, and arrested three people in connection with the act.

They were arrested in separate Police operations conducted on Friday, June 4.

They are Odette Akingeneye, 30, who was arrested in Bigogwe Sector in Nyabihu District with 1,115 pellets of cannabis.

In Jomba Sector also in Nyabihu, Police arrested the duo of Simeon Hakuzimana, 26, and Alphonse Habumugisha, 19, with 1,107 and 1027 rolls of narcotics, respectively.

"All the three drugs dealers had used the same trafficking ploy to conceal the pellets in mosquito nets, which they had wrapped around the body and covered with the clothes they were wearing," said Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Police spokesperson for the Western region.

He added that reports about their their criminal narcotics business were shared by the members of the public.

"Hakuzimana and Habumugisha were at the time in a passenger service vehicle when it was stopped along Rubavu-Muhanga, suspects identified and arrested," said CIP Karekezi said.

Hakuzimana disclosed that he was headed to Ngororero District where he was to sell the narcotics while Habumugisha said he had customers in Muhanga District where he was at the time going.

Meanwhile, Odette Akingeneye, was arrested earlier that morning she waited for a commuter bus.

Akingeneye said she got the narcotics from one Didier Niyigena to deliver them to his client in Muhanga.

According to Niyigena, she was supposed to be paid Rwf10,000 upon delivering the narcotics.

On the same day in Rusizi District, Police also seized 843 pellets of cannabis a suspected drug dealer, who dropped the consignment and fled.

CIP Karekezi commended the role of the public in successful crackdown in drug dealers’ rackets.

The suspects were handed to RIB at Jomba Station for further investigation.

The art 3 of 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 up to Rwf30 million.