Kimisigara drug merchant arrested with 616 sticks of cannabis

On 24 July 2019 at 12:12

A woman identified as Zawadia Nikuze, 25, was arrested on Monday in Kimisagara Sector of Nyarugenge District in possession of 616 sticks of cannabis.

The Police Spokesperson Central Region, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Marie Gorette Umutesi, said the arrest of Nikuze followed a tip-off from Kimisagara residents.

“In response to the information, the Anti-Narcotics Unit conducted an operation on July 22 and arrested Nikuze in Birama Village, Kimisagara Cell in Kimisagara Sector. She was at the time caught with 616 rolls of cannabis,” CIP Umutesi said.

She explained that the suspect is one of the local distributors of cannabis in Kimisagara.

“We commend the role of the public in reporting drug dealers operating in their localities. The aim of the campaign is to enable community members to know the ill-effects of abusing narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances but also strengthening information sharing and operations against traffickers and local dealers,” the spokesperson said.

CIP Umutesi warned anyone still engaged in such high impact crimes or thinking of joining, to think twice before the law catches up with them.

“The partnership with members of the general public should send signals to lawbreakers and drug dealers and abusers in particular that you will in one way or another be arrested to face the law,” she said.

Article 263 of the new law 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 offense and faces a sentence of between 20 years and life in prison.