Breaking drug supply chains: About 2000 rolls of cannabis seized

On 23 December 2019 at 01:35

Police in Burera District intercepted a vehicle on Saturday, which was transporting about 2000 pellets of cannabis.

A public transport vehicle: RAC 813W, Toyota Hiace was intercepted along Kirambo-Burera road, heading to the City of Kigali.

According to Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Alex Rugigana, the Police spokesperson for the Northern region, the successful operation was based on credible information shared by residents that some of the vehicles coming from Burera do not comply with traffic rules.

“Police in Burera has mounted a roadblock to check all vehicles using the road Kirambo-Burera-Base, to see if they comply with traffic rules and regulations. They checked passengers and searched their luggage, and in the process, they found a bag full of pellets of cannabis, 1912 pellets to be exact, but the owner escaped,” the spokesperson said.

He added, “Passengers in the taxi identified the suspect as Munyenshongore aged between 50 and 55 as he was the one, sitting where the bag was found but escaped pretending to go for a short call, but never returned.”

CIP Rugigana also thanked the vigilance and responsiveness of the residents and called upon the general public to always report suspected drug dealers or anything suspicious to supplement the ongoing joint efforts to break chains of supply.

“Even if you suspect someone to be a drug dealer alert the Police to authenticate the information because drug dealers tend to apply different tricks to avoid being identified," said the spokesperson.

Under article 263 of penal code, any person who unlawfully produces transforms, transports, stores, gives to another or who sell narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances commit an offense. Upon conviction, he or she is liable to between 20 years and life imprisonment, and a fine between Rwf15 million and Rwf30 million.