Bangladesh Coast Guard members seized 200,000 yaba tablets worth about Taka 10 million from the Karnaphuli river in Chittagong city on August 23 midnight, according to Coast Guard press statement.
Acting on a tip-off, a patrol team of coast guard (east zone) chased a boat near Karnaphuli Fertilizer Company Ltd (Kafco) area around 2:00 am. At one stage, smugglers capsized the boat along the river bank and threw a sack of yaba tablets to the ground and fled the scene, said a press statement said.
The tablets will be handed over to the Department of Narcotics Control, said sources of the coast guard.
Captain Shahidul Islam, zonal commander of the Coast Guard, said the tablets might have come from Myanmar. So far almost all the yaba tablets they have seized were smuggled into Chittagong from the country – Myanmar.
“The smugglers may have been trying to smuggle yaba tablets into Chittagong from Myanmar through new routes since we started conducting regular operations in Teknaf, Shahparir Dwip, St Martin’s Island and Cox’s Bazar Sadar,” the Zonal commander, Shahidul, said..
“They then send the tablets to Dhaka and elsewhere in the country by road,” Shahidul added.
On July 1, coast guard members arrested a man with 15000 yaba tablets worth around Taka 775000 from a fishing boat at the outer anchorage of Chittagong port. Besides, detectives seized 30,000 yaba tablets worth about Taka 1 million from the city’s Fisherighat area on June 20.
Besides, detectives detained four people along with 50,000 pieces of yaba and some equipment used for manufacturing the drug at Khilgaon in Dhaka on August 24, according to , Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.