Police destroyed narcotic drugs worth over Rwf15 million in Burera District, in part of a nationwide campaign against drug abuse.
The destroyed drugs include 2,542 liters of illicit gin, commonly known as kanyanga, and dozens of other banned liquor under various brand names.
The banned liquor was impounded from different parts of the district in Police operations conducted over the past two months.
The public exercise was attended by hundreds of area residents and students.
The drug destruction exercise coincided with the completion of the week-long training and rehabilitation of 93 reformed former drug dealers at Rugarama Transit Centre in Burera District, who were reintegrated in the community.
Some of the destroyed illicit gin was seized from the rehabilitated and reintegrated youth.
During the destruction event on Saturday, Police urged the former drug dealers to reinforce the fight against the vice and embrace ventures that develop both their lives and the country in general.
Samuel Sembagare, the Mayor of Burera District, commended Police for their successful anti-drugs operations and urged residents to work together in safeguarding the achievements of their district.
He also called upon residents to partner with security organs by availing credible information that lead to the arrest of any notorious drug dealers who refuse to abandon the illegal trade.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Andre Hakizimana, the Northern Province Police Spokesperson, noted that Police recognise and value community participation in the fight against drug trafficking and abuse.
“Police are working together with authorities in Burera to kick drugs out of the district and to rehabilitate former drug traffickers and abusers. Residents should also continue fighting against this vice by collaborating with Police through the provision of timely information about such dealings,” he said.