Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

30 July 2013

Rwanda: Suspects Abandon Vehicle With Illegal Gin

Following an anonymous tip, police intercepted a truck carrying illegally brewed liquor from Nyagatare to Kigali at 3am on July 29. The vehicle, and Isuzu with registration number RAB 499A, was carrying 6,840 pouches of bootleg gin and 'kanyanga' whiskey.

The three occupants of the truck drove through a police blockade. After police gave chase, the occupants abandoned the truck in Kiburara cell of Rwembogo sector in Gatsibo District, fleeing the scene.

Police Superintendent Janvier Ntakirutimana, who led the operation, said that the driver refused to stop when directed and instead tried to deviate towards a remote road, where the driver and two passengers parked and escaped.

If arrested, the trio may be charged under article 594 of the penal code which states that any person, who unlawfully makes, transforms, imports, or sells narcotic drugs within the country, is liable to a sentence of three to five years and a fine of Frw 500,000 to Frw 5 million.

In the meantime, police are working with local residents to trace the suspects. The police have also thanked the community for their continued effort to fight criminal acts by providing information and the anonymous tip.

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