Dhaka: A Bangladesh security force seized 4 million methamphetamine tablets, locally known as Yaba, on the border pass in Bangladesh on Friday, a local newspaper reported.
An official from the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) said a team of BGB arrested a man when he brought 13320 pieces of Yaba tablets at one border point located at Sar Byin and Mawlavi village in Teknaf township, opposite the Burmese town of Maungdaw.
The border point where the yaba was seized has been used as a transporting route for smuggling goods between Burma and Bangladesh. On the Bangladesh side there is a leading market and transit point for methamphetamine, much of it produced in neighbouring Burma.
Bangladesh security forces have arrested many drug traffickers along with Yaba tablets along the border but many syndicates are still active.
Bangladesh intelligence reports say at least 13 syndicates are active in border areas, along with thousands of peddlers, including 31 big operators who supply yaba to different parts of Bangladesh. Most of these peddlers operate in the eastern part of Bangladesh.
Yaba smuggling in Bangladesh is a lucrative business right now. Along the Burma -Bangladesh border, a Yaba pill sells at about 13 taka each but the price often goes up to 50-60 taka. The pills reach Dhaka, and sell for a street price of 350-400 taka a piece.
There has been a marked increase in yaba addiction amongst Bangladesh students in high school, college and university.