Woman arrested with 5,200 pellets of cannabis

On 22 November 2019 at 03:49

A woman suspected of being a drug dealer was arrested on Wednesday in Muyira Sector of Nyanza District, in a targeted operation conducted by the Rwanda National Police (RNP) Anti-Narcotics Unit (ANU).

Liliane Musabinema, 31, was at the time of her arrest found in possession of 5,200 pellets of cannabis.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Sylvestre Twajamahoro, the Police spokesperson for the Southern region, said that Musabinema was arrested following a tip-off by area residents in Muyira.

“The Anti-Narcotics Unit received reliable information that Musabinema, who was suspected of being a major drug dealer, had brought another consignment of narcotics,” said CIP Twajamahoro.

“ANU responded and arrested her red-handed with 5,200 pellets of cannabis. Musabinema disclosed another drug dealer whom she identified as Emmanuel Niyirora, as her supplier. Law enforcement organs are working together to track and arrest Niyirora as well,” he added.

The spokesperson also said that it is a chain of drug traffickers from the neighboring countries to their local suppliers and retailers, which is being targeted in the ongoing operations.

“It is a chain of distributors and local suppliers, but we commend the role of the general public in identifying these individuals and their groups, which continues to ease Police operations to break these chains,” CIP Twajamahoro said.

Article 263 of Rwanda penal code stipulates that any person who, unlawfully, produces, transforms, transports, stores, gives to another or who sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances commits an offense with a sentence, upon conviction, ranging between 20 years and life in prison, and a fine of between Rwf20 million and Rwf30 million.