Burundian national arrested in Rwanda on drug trafficking charges

Rwandan authorities disposing of illegal local brew popularly known as Kanyanga. File Photo

Rwandan authorities disposing of illegal local brew popularly known as Kanyanga. File Photo

Authorities in Rwanda are holding a Burundian national, identified as Jean Claude Ngarambe on alleged drug trafficking charges in the southern province of the country.

“The suspect was arrested on Thursday in Huye district, South of Rwanda, with over 3000 pellets of marijuana and is currently being held at Ngoma police station awaiting prosecution, “ police sources said.

Provincial Police confirmed the arrest and said the case is still under investigation and details would be released as soon as possible.

If convicted, Ngarambe will face a prison sentence of three to five years or a court fine between Rwf 500.000 and Rwf 5 million as stipulated in the penal code.

The biggest number of illegal drugs are smuggled into Rwanda through the porous borders of neighboring countries including DR Congo, Uganda and Tanzania, officials say.

Drug abuse and addiction is relatively a new social phenomenon in the tiny East African state and one of the modern trends that the government of Rwanda has woken up to, as the scourge is now seemingly on the rise especially among youths, who constitute 60 percent of the roughly 12 million Rwandans today.

The most common illegal substances include cocaine and marijuana and local brews such as Kanyanga