Three men said to be part of the same drug trafficking ring were arrested Friday in the City of Kigali.
Gerald Munyangabe, 46, Patient Shukran Ramadhan, 23, and Mustafa Tuyizere, 19, were all arrested in Muhima Sector, Nyarugenge District with over 18,000 pellets of cannabis.
The trio was paraded to the media later in the day as Rwanda National Police (RNP) continued to send a strong message in breaking the chain of supply.
The seized narcotics were trafficked in a transit truck from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which was also carrying other goods.
Munyangabe, the truck driver and his two co-drivers were trailed to Kigali following information from their accomplices, who were arrested in Rubavu District.
One of the suspects, Tuyizere admitted to the crime, but said that he knew only 1000 pellets.
“I had a deal with someone in DRC to transport only 1000 to Rwanda for Rwf30, 000, to my surprise I saw many others when Police arrested us,” Tuyizere narrated.
He added: “This deal is really bad, I accepted because I needed more money but now I am going to lose more than what I originally had. I advise young to be satisfied with what they have, if they need more money they should work hard but not dealing in narcotic drugs,” the teenager advised.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Marie-Gorette Umutesi, the Central region Police spokesperson said that efforts against narcotic drugs continue to gain momentum, a reason as to why more drug dealers continue to be arrested and substances seized.
“Police had reliable information on their criminal dealings. When you see where that cannabis was hidden, there’s no way you can know it if you don’t have credible source and strong partnership with the public,” CIP Umutesi said.
“We are happy that the public have owned it and they are the main source of information on suppliers in their communities, which is a big step forward.”
The spokesperson observed that although drug related crimes are on decline, partly due to vigorous community policing measures adopted, there are people who are still involved in drug dealings, who must be brought to justice.
“This is a criminal act that goes further to cause insecurity in communities, destroys families and young people, no one should tolerate it.”
‘’We urge people to always share information so as to break such chains to ensure a drug-free society,” she emphasized.
Article 263 of the new penal code partly states that, any person who, unlawfully produces, transforms, transports, stores, gives to another or who sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances commits an offence, with a sentence ranging from seven years to life in prison, upon conviction, and a fine of between Rwf20 million and Rwf30 million.