35,000 Burmese made yaba tablets seized in Bangladesh, 3 held

Dhaka: Bangladesh authorities seized a huge amount of yaba tablets smuggled from Burma in a border town in the most southern district of Bangladesh on Monday night.

“ We, members of the Border Guard Bangladesh seized 35,000 yaba tablets along with 3 persons who belonged to the yaba syndicate in the Ramu township of Cox’s Bazar Monday night,” said Commander Lt Col Khalequzzaman of the 17 BGB Battalion.

The price of the tablets is estimated to be Tk 10 millions.

The yaba tablets were seized when the Border Guard intercepted a bus on the way to Cox’s Bazar from the border town Telnaf, opposite the Burmese town Maungdaw.

‘On secret information, a BGB team stopped a Dhaka-bound microbus at Khunia Balong on the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf highway and arrested the trio with the yaba tablets at around 11:30pm Monday,” Lt Col said.

The arrestees –Saiful Islam, 23, Jakir Hossain, 20, and Ishaq Molla, 20 – were going to the capital from Teknaf; BGB sources said adding that all of them hailed from Dhaka.

BGB handed them over to Ramu Police Station along with the tablets for the police to investigate further.

Bangladesh border authorities have seized increasing amounts of yaba tablets at border areas in recent years as many drugs syndicates from both Burma and Bangladesh illegally import yaba into Bangladesh from Burma because the price of Yaba is double in Bangladesh that of Burma.