Police seize 460 litres of Kanyanga, three dealers arrested


Separate operations targeting drug traffickers and local dealers in narcotic substances and psychotropic substances were carried out by the Rwanda National Police (RNP) on Thursday, September 9.

Three persons were detained with 460 litres of kanyanga, an illegal crude gin, during the operation.

“In Gahunga sector, Sylvestre Hakizimana, 2, and Eight Irakiza, 28, were detained separately with 28 and 26 litres of Kanyanga, respectively, while their companions dumped down seven bags with a total of 186 litres and fled. Superintendent of Police (SP) Aphrodis Nkundineza, the District Police Commander for Burera, said another suspect, Phoibe Munyana, 30, was apprehended at her residence in Cyanika sector, where police recovered 220 gallons.

Munyana had covered the rudimentary gin in the latrine with grass.

Police had responded on genuine evidence from locals about persons trafficking Kanyanga from Uganda over porous borders, he added.

The DPC praised the impact of community policing and public ownership in reporting narcotics and psychotropic substance dealers, which helps the police break down supply chains and local shops.

All of the suspects have since been turned over to the RIB for further investigation and legal action, while the search for more traffickers who have fled continues.

Kanyanga is classified as a basic narcotic drug in Rwanda, punishable by seven to 10 years in prison and fines ranging from Rwf500,000 to Rwf1 million.

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