Dragging drugs out of communities: Two arrested in Gasabo

On 19 November 2019 at 12:00

The ongoing crackdown on drug dealers by the Anti-Narcotic Unit (ANU) has again come to fruition with the arrest of two suspects on Sunday in Gasabo District, said to be members of the same drug trafficking ring.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Marie-Gorette Umutesi, the Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali said that the two suspects were arrested in Kinyinya Sector, Kagugu Cell, Kabuhunde Village with 6,233 pellets of cannabis.

CIP Umutesi identified the suspects as Chadia Uwamahoro and Damascene Nduhirabandi.

“Uwamahoro is the suspected supplier and Nduhirabandi is one of her retailers. Reacting on credible information, ANU first arrested Nduhirabandi with 300 pellets of cannabis, which he was selling to some consumers; Nduhirabandi was cooperative, he led Police officers to the house of his supplier—Uwamahoro—where other 5,933 rolls of cannabis were recovered and the suspect arrested,” CIP Umutesi explained.

“At the time of her arrest, Uwamahoro had just sold other narcotics worth Rwf300, 000 which she was found with. It is said that Uwamahoro is supplied by another identified big dealer, who is yet to be arrested,” she added.

“Rwanda National Police and ANU in particular, has strengthened operations against drug traffickers or major suppliers with focus on transit routes and destination including Kigali, and the general public is playing a central role in identifying and reporting these dealers,” the spokesperson said.

Anyone convicted for dealing severe drugs, in which category cannabis falls, under article 263 of the law determining offences and penalties in general in Rwanda, faces between 20 years and life in prison and a fine of up to Rwf30 million.