KAYONZA – Police intercepted an estimated 200 kilogrammes of cannabis destined for Kigali, on Saturday, at 1p.m. According to the police, the drug smugglers tried to conceal the drugs in bags hidden under bananas being transported to the city.
The suspects, Emile Gashirabake and Jean Nshimiyimana, who were driving a Toyota Dyna pick-up, registration number RAB 517F that contained the contraband, are currently being held at Kabarondo Police Station.
The two suspects, who admitted to have committed the crime, were coming from Gatore Sector, Kirehe District, headed to Cyahafi, a Kigali suburb in Nyarugenge District, they said.
According to Police Spokesman Supt Theos Badege, Police has mounted an operation to check drugs smuggled into the country.
“We monitor all entry points through which cannabis is smuggled into the country. We shall not tire to combat drug use and trafficking”.suspectsamong s abuse in the country
“The duo was intercepted at a police roadblock in Kabarondo...ours is a long-term campaign to stop drugs entering into the country. I would advise all those involved in the crime to stop the practice forthwith,” he said.
Protais Murayire, the Mayor of Kirehe District which that borders Tanzania and Burundi, reiterated the need to combat drug trafficking.
He revealedisclosed d that most crimes in his areadistrict were related to the use of drugs, particularly cannabis.
Murayire said that Cyunuzi, Gatore, and Musaza villages were some of the most notorious areas in terms of drug trafficking.
“We have warned people time and again against involvement in illicit drug business... they are, unfortunately, used by high-profile businesspersons. It is a sad reality that rape, theft, killing, among others, are all crimes motivated by the use of drugs,” he said.
The Eastern Province and the Kagera region in Tanzania recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to check drug trafficking between their common borders.