Burundian police on Tuesday intercepted 12 tons of smuggled coffee loaded in a truck heading to Tanzania in eastern Burundi near the border with Tanzania, said police spokesman.
“Smuggled coffee packed in bags weighing 12 tons and loaded in a truck was seized around 1:30 a.m.. The truck whose destination was Tanzania was intercepted at Nyuro in Gisagara district of Cankuzo province by police officers,” Burundian Police Spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye told a press conference.
According to him, the truck’s owner ran away, but police officers managed to arrest the driver and the truck conductor.
The fraud of coffee, minerals or sugar is considered as a big crime, said the spokesperson.
“People smuggling those products are big enemies of Burundi. Everyone is therefore requested to denounce them,” he said.
Coffee is one of main cash crops in Burundi. Enditem