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Police Intensifies Crackdown On Illegal Substances, Suspects Arrested


Police Intensifies Crackdown On Illegal Substances, Suspects Arrested

Two motorcycles were impounded in Nyagatare District on Thursday after they were intercepted trafficking illicit gin.

They were intercepted in Karangazi Sector, Mbare Cell transporting cartons of Zebra Gin, which is classified as psychotropic substance in Rwanda.

The law governing narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors in Rwanda, in its Article 24, also states that “any drink that exceeds forty five percent of alcohol and any other drink which doesn’t have the required quality for consumption shall be considered as narcotic drug.”

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Theobald Kanamugire, the Police spokesperson for the Eastern region said that the operation to impound the motorcycles falls in the overall ongoing efforts to breaking trafficking routes in Nyagatare.

“Nyagatare is the main route especially for traffickers of illicit gin in the Eastern region. For about a month now, stringent joint measures are being implemented. These include joint awareness with faith-based groups and local leaders, but also complemented with strengthened operations,” CIP Kanamugire said.

“So, the two motorcycles; RE 104F and RD 581B were intercepted during the targeted operation. They were transporting combined seven cartons of Zebra gin; one rider was also arrested although another managed to escape after seeing Police officers abandoning the motorcycle and the substances,” he explained.

He warned commercial motorcyclists against facilitating drug dealers by transporting their illegal luggage, and called for continued information sharing on suspected drug dealers so as to be arrested.

Illicit brew seized, poured

Meanwhile, a joint operation by the Police and local authorities in Gisagara District on Thursday seized about 650 liters of illicit brew.

At least six people were arrested during the separate operations in connection with distilling the substances.

Reacting on the operations, the Southern region Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Karekezi saluted the role of the residents, who reported the distillers and facilitated successful operations.

“These substances are distilled in unhygienic places by unhygienic people. They also use hazardous raw materials which makes narcotic drugs and harmful to consumers,” CIP Karekezi said.

Some of the raw materials used to make the substances include sugarcane residues, burned bricks, sugar, sorghum and water.

“These operations are therefore meant to fight such drugs, ensure people’s health and bring distillers to justice,” he emphasized. 

The seized substances were disposed of in presence of hundreds of residents during which messages against drugs were delivered by the Police and local leaders. 

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