Police intercepts vehicle in Kigali loaded with illicit gin

A vehicle trafficking illicit gin has been intercepted in the City of Kigali in a crackdown to break the supply chain of illicit drugs.

The vehicle, registration number RAA 731C was intercepted in Kimisagara Sector of Nyarugenge District on August 4 at about 3 am, transporting 56 boxes of Kitoko, a banned gin in Rwanda.

Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu, Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali said that the driver of the impounded car identified as Emmanuel Uwimpuhwe was also taken into custody and currently detained at Rwezamenyo Police station where the impounded vehicle and drugs were taken pending further investigations.

“Police in Kigali had information that Uwimpuhwe was transporting the illicit gin and officers located and trailed him to Kimisagara, where he was stopped and arrested; he had attempted to escape after spotting the police but he was pursued and apprehended,” Supt. Hitayezu said.

Kitoko like other gins such as Kanyanga, Chief and Zebra Waragi, which are also parked in plastic bags, were banned in Rwanda and classified as narcotic drugs.

He emphasized that fighting drug abuse remains part of the Rwanda National Police (RNP) priorities through awareness, community policing, investigations and operations to crackdown on drug dealers.

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