A motorcyclist in Rubavu District has been arrested after he tried to traffic illicit gin called Blue Sky.
The 25-year-old was arrested on Friday while transporting some 360 bags of gin which he had strapped to his body under his clothes.
According to chief inspector of police Theobald Kanamugire, the Western region police spokesperson, the suspect was at the time riding from Rubavu to Nyabihu when he was stopped by police.
“His body looked suspicious and unusually bulgy; this prompted police officers to stop and search him only to find his body covered with sachets of Blue Sky; he was immediately arrested,” Kanamugire said.
This method of trafficking drugs has become more common in recent times, and women have even been found to pretend to carry a baby at the back while men at times wrap illicit substances around their legs under their trousers.
“Through close partnership with the people, we have been able to know all the tricks traffickers use, and the routes they use; this is why we have been able to identify and arrest them,” Kanamugire said.
Blue Sky is classified as a narcotic drug due to its alcoholic content as stipulated under article 24 of the law governing narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors, which stipulates that any drink that exceeds 45% of alcohol and any other drink which doesn’t have the required quality for consumption shall be considered as narcotic drug.”
Besides, all drinks in plastic bags have been banned.