A team of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) seized huge Yaba tablets in the Bay of Bengal on March 14 while being smuggled to Bangladesh from Burma by the sea-route, Jafor Khan, a local businessman from Cox’s Bazar said.
Acting on information, huge amount of Yaba tablets were being smuggled from Burma to Bangladesh by the sea-route. A team of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) of Cox’s Bazar Battalion No. 7 went to Bay of Bengal and caught a fishing boat after conducting operation on March 14 at about 4:00 pm, according to officials.
The members of RAB arrested seven fishermen (smugglers) after searched the trawler and found over 300,000 pieces of Yaba tablets inside the cold, officials more added.
However, the RAB team led by Lt. Col. Miftah Uddin Ahmed, commanding officer of Rab-7, conducted a drive in the sea, arrested the seven people and recovered the contraband drug (Yaba) in the cold storage of the vessel, said Syed Mohsinul Haque, squad commander of Rab-7 Cox’s Bazar camp.
RAB detained the arrested people in their custody and handed over to Cox’s Bazar Model police station for further interrogation, the squad commander further said.
The arrestees are:- Md. Alam (42), son of Abul Kalam, Nasir Uddin (44), son of Nurul Alam, Kalim Ullah (24), son of Saiful Hoque, Asraf Uddin (16), son of Forid Ahmed, Md Hossain (25), son of Md. Shofi Alam Jasim Uddin (22), son of Mohamed Mufiz and Kamal (26), son of Monjur Alam, they are belonging to different areas of Chittagong, districts.
Earlier, the concerned authorities of Bangladesh seized million of Yaba tablets from the Bay of Bengal while being smuggled to Bangladesh from Burma through the sea route by fishing trawlers.