A mob of drug dealers netted in police clump down
Among other people arrested in the joint security operations are also loiterers, those found without identification and a group said to be sneaking plastic bags into the country.
Some suspects namely Baptista Ndikumana and Richard Niyomukiza were found in possession of pellets of cannabis and cartons of plastic bags. The use or sell of plastic bags also known as polythene bags is illegal in Rwanda.
Article 109 of the penal code punishes the use and sell of plastic materials, smoking in public places, owning a car that emits smoke and noxious gases, burning domestic waste, rubbish and wheels and tyres, with a fine between Rwf10,000 and Rwf50,000.
According to Police, most of those arrested are aged between 18 and 25 years.
The Southern Region Spokesperson, Superintendent Hubert Gashagaza urged residents to always move with their identifications for security purposes.
Every person aged 16 years and above is eligible to own a national ID.
“After committing crimes, some people have tendencies of hiding their identification cards in fear of getting identified,” observed Gashagaza.
He appealed to the public to share information with security organs to ensure such people are arrested.
He also appealed to village leaders cooperate with communities in their respective areas to identify strangers and make it a point in notifying Police in case they suspect anyone being involved in dubious activities.
“Such cooperation is very paramount and if maintained Rwanda would in the future become a crime free nation,” Gashagaza added.