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Khat drug dealer arrested trying to corrupt police

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Police in Gicumbi District has arrested   Pacifique Iradukunda was  who attempted to bribe police officers in order  to traffic 237 bundles of khat commonly known as Miraa  in Rwanda

The police claim the suspect identified first stopped at Gatuna border after authorities suspected him of carrying the drugs.

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The Police spokesperson for the Northern region, CIPHamdun Twizeyimana, said the suspect ran away but came back to bribe officers which resulted into his arrest.

“He fled leaving behind a vehicle plate number UAQ 238 U, “Iradukunda later came back and tried to bribe a Revenue Protection Unit officer with Rwf200, 000 so that as to release his impounded vehicle, and he was immediately arrested,” he said

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The World Health Organization (WHO) in1980 classified Khat as a drug of abuse that can produce psychological dependence.

“In Rwanda, khat is a narcotic drug that is listed among the psychotropic substances and banned under the ministerial order nº20/35 of 09/6/2015 determining unauthorized drinks and other controlled substances classified as narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors,” CIP Twizeyimana added

The suspect has been handed over to Rwanda Investigations Bureau (RIB) that is currently handling the case.

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Article 594 of the penal code states that any person who unlawfully, makes, transforms, imports, or sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances shall be liable to a term of up to five years and a fine of up to Rwf5 million.

Furthermore,under the same article, if the act is committed internationally or across the border, the penalties shall be doubled.

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Fred Masengesho Rugira/Bwiza.com

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