700,000 Yaba tablets seized in Bangladesh, 5 Burmese held

Yangon (Narinjara)

4 February 2016

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The Bangladesh police have arrested five Burmese nationals and seized around  700000 Yaba tablets from their possession at Cox’s Bazar  locality, which is close to Burma’s Maungdaw town, on Tuesday.

According to Bangladeshi media outlets, a team of Rapid Action Battalion acted on secret information and succeeded in seizing the banned medicinal pills, made in Myanmar, from a machine boat.

Five suspected traffickers from Burma were identified as Mohammad Zowbail, Mohammad Asay Hular, Chaungchu Arlong,  Mohammad Arham and Muhammad Yunus. The police later recovered more Yaba tablets following the confession of the arrestees.

Yaba tablets, popularly known as crazy medicines, are normally prepared with methamphetamine and caffeine, which becomes popular among millions of Bangladeshi nationals. The Burma-Bangladesh border areas have slowly turned into a primary hub for these tablets in the recent time, said the media report.