Police in Gicumbi District have impounded a Ugandan registered vehicle that was intercepted as it trafficked close to 500 liters of Kanyanga – a banned crude gin in Rwanda.
The Northern region Police spokesperson, Inspector of Police (IP) Innocent Gasasira, said that the vehicle, a Toyota Corolla bearing plate number UAK 785 B, was intercepted on September 12 at about 7pm along Gatuna-Kigali highway, following a tip-off.
“After acquiring information that there were two vehicles en route Kigali transporting Kanyanga, we mounted an operation around Rwankonjo Cell in Cyumba Sector, and indeed the vehicles came along,” said IP Gasasira.
When police officers waved them to stop, they attempted to sped, leaving the officers with no choice but to shoot the tyres to force them to stop.
The vehicle is currently impounded at Byumba police station as the search for the second car continues.
Investigations are still underway to trace another car, the owners and the drivers. “The one we have impounded will facilitate conclusive investigations to identify and arrest all those connected to this illegal trade,” said the spokesperson.
IP Gasasira thanked the residents who provided information, attributing it to the increased awareness and partnership with the public in breaking chains of the supply of this gin.
“The general public plays the biggest part in this effort. On many occasions, successful operations are facilitated by the people through instant information sharing, which informs our next course of action,” he said.
“We have increased awareness campaigns, especially in border communities on their role in fighting drug trafficking; mapped-out major routes used and intensified operations – snap-checks and roadblocks.”
He said that fighting drug abuse remains part of the Rwanda National Police priorities through awareness, community policing, investigations and operations.