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4 Arrested In Rwanda Anti-narcotics Police Operation

Thirty-one year old Vianney Habimana was arrested in Gisesero cell, Busogo sector, Musanze district with 1,574 pellets of cannabis. He is currently detained at Busogo Police Station.

Other suspects include; Abdu Uwamurengeye, 42 who was found in possession with 14 pellets of cannabis in Nyarugunga sector, Kicukiro District; Emmanuel Hakizimana, 15, and Godfrey Ahorushakiye 49, were arrested in Rulindo and Ngoma districts respectively.

Hakizimana and Ahorushakiye, who are currently held at Shyorongi Police Station, were found in possession with 6 and 49 litres of illicit liquor commonly known as Kanyanga respectively.

The narcotics and Kanyanga are said to be brought into the country from neighboring countries, through illegal entries.

The Northern Region Police Spokesperson Supt, Francis Gahima, said they laid strategies to combat the illegal business, especially through “cutting of the supply chain.”

He also highlighted the dangers of such illicit local beer saying that apart from being a health hazard, it also leads to several domestic conflicts.

Superintendent Gahima called on the general public to engage in legitimate income generating activities rather than indulge in drugs that would lead them into trouble.

Gahima lauded the public’s partnership with security organs through sharing information that has led to the identification of illegal entry points used by criminals to sneak illegal products into the country as well as discovering the supply chain.

They quartet will be punished if found guilty as pertains in article 594 of the penal code which states any person, who consumes, injects, inhales, anoints him/herself with or makes any other unlawful use of narcotic drugs, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of one year to three years and a fine of Rwf 50, 000 to Rwf 500, 000.

However, any person who unlawfully makes, transforms, imports, or sells narcotic drugs within the country, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of three years to five years and a fine of Rwf 500, 000 to Rwf 5 million.

If the acts under the preceding paragraph are committed internationally, the penalties are doubled.


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