Police intercept assorted smuggled goods, narcotic drugs
At least nineteen bales of clothes and other consumables smuggled into the country as well as trafficked contrabands were intercepted in separate police operations conducted on Wednesday.
The bales were intercepted in Gasura Cell of Bwishyura Sector in Karongi District.
At a checkpoint mounted in Burera District, Police and Revenue Protection Unit seized 107 bottles of Double London, 36 dozens of Novida, a soft drink, 10 liters engine oil, 25kg of maize flour and shoes.
Also intercepted in Burera are 19 dozens of Blue sky and 45 sachets of African gin, all banned in Rwanda and classified as narcotic drugs.
In Nyagatare District, Gatunda Sector, Rukomo Cell, Police also seized 275 cartons of zebra waragi, 13 cartons of chase waragi, 24 cartons of African gin and 60 litters of Kanyanga; also classified as narcotic drugs in Rwanda.
“Police has intensified operations and night patrols in particular because most smugglers and drug traffickers tend to use the cover of the night,” Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Innocent Gasasira, the Police spokesperson for the Western Province, said in reference to operations conducted in the region.
CIP Gasasira commended the vigilance of the residents and feeding security organs with credible information, and called for “continued partnership through information sharing on anything suspicious, illegal or criminal acts."
Article 369 of the Penal Code states that a taxpayer guilty of tax evasion shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of between three to six months and a fine equal to the evaded tax.
Under article 199 of the East African Community Management Act, which is also applied in Rwanda, specifies a penalty of US$5000 to a driver found driving a vehicle with smuggled goods while the vehicle and goods are auctioned.