Police operations seize illegal brew and merchandise
Separate but coordinated Police operations in Gasabo and Gicumbi District have lead to the seizure of an assortment of illicit brew and commodities that had been smuggled into the country through porous borders.
According to the Police, two men were arrested in connection to the illegal trade and an abandoned vehicle carrying the merchandise was impounded.
In Gasabo district, Gikomero sector police intercepted Toyota Dyna with registration numbers RAC 695 R driven by Jean Paul Karasira carrying about 6000 bottles of the illicit brew.
Police said the bottles branded Soma wongere loosely translated as ‘sip again’, were among those that had not met the standards set by the Standards Bureau of Rwanda and was therefore illegal to be sold on the Rwandan territory.
The Central Region Police Spokesperson, Superintendent of Police (SP) Emmanuel Hitayezu confirmed the arrest and said police acted because the brew is manufactured and traded contrary to the laws.
“Some of these outlawed brews and illicit substances are sneaked in from neighbouring countries. We will not allow such substances to be sold here and that is why we intercepted it,” he said.
In Gicumbi district according to Police spokesperson for the Northern Region, Inspector of Police (IP) Innocent Gasasira, police acting on a tip-off, the officers trailed the vehicle registration numbers UAS 168 F transporting the brew and outlawed second hand clothes before the driver abandoned and fled to evade arrested.
Speaking about the cooperation (IP) Gasasira said illicit brew is dangerous since its manufacturers are not known and they may use anything as raw material even if it is poisonous to the consumers.
"Illicit brew is a major contributor to insecurity," he added.
He further said police are committed to fight illegal brew and those who sell alcohol that is not permitted will be arrested and the law will take course.