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Driver’s call leads to arrest of drug trafficking passengers

Anitha Nyiramwiza and Emmanuel Mbarushimana could have managed to traffic illicit drugs into the country, probably using public transport means without the knowledge of the drivers.

Well, June 27 was a different day for the duo was when they were spotted by the driver, who alerted the District Police Unit of Gatsibo, where they were arrested shortly after.

According to the Eastern Region Police Spokesperson, Inspector of Police (IP) Jean Bosco Dusabe, police immediately mounted a checkpoint after information provided by the driver.

“When police officers checked their luggage, Nyiramwiza was found with 120 sachets of Chase Vodka while Mbarushimana was found with 60 sachets. The suspects are currently held at Kabarore police station as their case files are being processed to be forwarded to prosecution,” said IP Dusabe.

Chase Vodka, a gin packed in banned plastic bags, is considered as narcotic drugs in Rwanda under article 24 of the governing narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors.

The article classifies 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.”

Under article 594 of the Rwandan 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.

“The public needs to know that the reason behind regulating alcohol and illicit drugs in general is to protect them from substances that may be harmful to their health, and affect the wellbeing of other people in the community,” Dusabe said.

He thanked the driver for the vigilance and providing information that led to the arrest, and appealed to the public to emulate him and be part of the fight against drug trafficking and abuse.

“Every citizen should understand the consequences related to consumption of these illicit substances and be more determined to fight them by informing the police on the dealers and consumers.”


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