Posted on11 July, 2016 | 11:04

Drug dealer arrested in Kirehe

A suspected drug trafficker has been arrested in Kirehe District in an intensified awareness and crackdown against drug dealers.

A suspected drug trafficker has been arrested in Kirehe District in an intensified awareness and crackdown against drug dealers.

Cassien Uwitonze, 42, was arrested in the wee hours of Saturday with 8 kilogrammes of cannabis, after the driver of the public vehicle he attempted to board, notified Police. He is currently detained at Kirehe Police Station for further investigations. Inspector of Police (IP) Emmanuel Kayigi, Police spokesperson for the Eastern Province said Uwitonze was intercepted in Cyunuzi Cell o Gatore Sector as he boarded a public vehicle that was headed to Kigali.
“Uwitonze attempted to board a vehicle to Kigali in Gatore but as the driver was loading his luggage, he suspected that it could be an illegal luggage and immediately called Police, who checked the luggage and actually found about 8 kilograms of cannabis concealed and the suspect was taken into custody right away,” IP Kayigi said, commending the vigilance of the driver. “We are seeing an improved vigilance of transporters; we are increasingly receiving similar cases where drivers and motorcyclists have practiced their community policing powers detect and report drug dealers that attempt to use their vehicles to traffic narcotics from one place to another,” he added.

Kirehe and Nyagatare districts are said to be major routes for cannabis and banned gin respectively in the Eastern Province. “If everyone and all services play their community policing part and be vigilant, all drug dealers will find no place to hide,” he observed. Fighting drug abuse is among the RNP policing priorities.

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