Police in Rubavu District is holding four men over alleged trafficking of cannabis.
They were arrested on Monday following intensified police operations that aimed at breaking the chain of drug supply, Police said.
According to the Western Region Police Spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Innocent Gasasira, the suspects included Abdullah Nzabonimpa, 42, who was found trafficking 3000 pellets of cannabis.
“All the suspects were were arrested in Gacurabwenge Cell of Busasamana Sector where the operation was conducted in the wee hours of April 30,” he said.
He identified other suspects as Alphonse Nshimiyimana, Pierre Buzukira and Steven Mugiraneza, all who were caught with varied quantities of cannabis.
“The suspects are held at Busasamana Police station as Rwanda Investigations Bureau (RIB) is processing their case files” said CIP Gasasira.
According to Police, although drug related crimes are declining, partially due to vigorous community policing measures adopted and enhanced operations, it has been observed that drugs are common along the border districts which are used as trafficking routes.
In his reaction to the arrests, the spokesperson called upon residents to avoid using drugs because they hamper the country’s development and ruins families.
“We cannot continue the journey to development when we still have people using drugs. Drugs and development are different things that cannot get along the same way. This is why we will continue tightening operations against drug trafficking,” he said.
He added that with drug related crimes topping the crime list, Rwanda National Police has, among others, prioritized breaking supply chains as means to prevent consumption, but also putting much effort in sensitization to kill the local market.
Under article 594 of the penal code, any person who, unlawfully, makes, transforms, imports, or sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances within the country, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of three to five years and a fine of Rwf500, 000 to Rwf5 million.