Suspected Opium Distributors Netted in Fort Portal

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Security operatives in Fort Portal have arrested five people for allegedly distributing and supplying opium in Kabarole district.

Security operatives in Fort Portal have arrested five people for allegedly distributing and supplying opium in Kabarole district.

The suspects are 28 year old Wilson Sunday; Steven Byaruhanga aged 45, 20 -year old Patrick Tumwebaze, Robert Kiiza aged 25 and Steven Museveni who is 27.
According to Joseph Mashuhuko, a member on the Kabarole district security committee, the five are all residents of Kyanduru in Burungu parish, Mugusu sub county Kabarole district.
 
Mashuhuko says that the five were nabbed at 2:00 am on Sunday during a night operation carried out by police and local leaders to crack down on the suspected criminals who have been stealing people’s properties.
 
He explains that Kiiza, Sunday and Tumwebaze were netted from an abandoned house in possession of opium and were drunk, while Byaruhanga was picked up from his home after they revealed that he was the lead supplier of the drugs.
 
Mashuhuko explains that the suspects had been on the police wanted list for various crimes ranging from assault, rape, and staging illegal road blocks to grab people’s property among others.
 
He revealed that their arrest follows several complaints from the residents that their existence in the area was putting them on tension. He says the suspects have been on the run till Sunday morning when their luck ran out.
 
Charles Kapere, the officer in charge Kasusu police post in South division, Fort Portal municipality, says the suspects will be transferred to Fort Portal central police station.
Bakari Muga Bashir, the Rwenzori region police publicist revealed that the suspects will face charges of being in possession of illegal drugs.
 
The issue of narcotics in Kabarole is not new. In August 2011, district leaders pushed for an anti-narcotic ordinance following the increasing crime rates resulting from drug abuse. The district criminal investigations office had released a crimes report for the period of January to June 2011 indicating a total of 1,134 cases.

The call was however never followed through.