Crackdown on drugs: Three arrested with 1000 pellets

On 12 December 2019 at 04:36

Three people suspected to be part of the ring that traffics and distributes narcotics in City of Kigali have been arrested in an operation conducted by the Anti-Narcotics Unit (ANU) of Rwanda National Police.

Jacques Bagiramenshi, Clarrisse Umuhoza and Claude Dusabumuremyi were arrested on Tuesday in Kimisagara Cell, Kimisagara Sector of Nyarugenge District with 1000 pellets of cannabis.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Marie-Gorrette Umutesi, the Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, said that the narcotics were recovered in the house of Bagiramenshi where all the suspects were arrested.

“The Anti-Narcotics Unit had information that Bagiramenshi heads a group of drug traffickers supplying mainly in Kigali, and his house was being used as a store,” CIP Umutesi said.

“On Tuesday at about 9am, acting on credible information that Bagiramenshi had brought another consignment of narcotics, ANU conducted an operation and caught him red-handed with 1000 pellets, which he was at the time selling to his retailers; Umuhoza and Dusabumuremyi,” she added.

She commended the continued ownership of the general public against drug dealers in their localities.

“ANU with the support of the general public continues to compile a list of major suppliers, and this is helping to arrest most of them red-handed. We urge the public to maintain this spirit of information sharing to break chains of supply,” said CIP Umutesi.

Last week, Police intercepted another drug trafficker in Rulindo District, en route to Kigali from Rubavu with 2000 pellets of cannabis.

Three other major narcotics suppliers were arrested late last month in Rubavu and Rwamagana districts with 6800 pellets of cannabis.

Article 263 of the law determining offences and penalties in general in Rwanda, stipulates that, any person who, unlawfully produces, transforms, transports, stores, gives to another or who sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances commits an offence, with a sentence ranging between 20 years and life in prison, and a fine of between Rwf20 million and Rwf30 million.