20 January, 2016
The Burmese authority seized over 1.7 million Yaba tablets from Buthidaung and Maungdaw localities on 31 December 2015, which was readied to smuggle out to Bangladesh from the western part of Southeast Asian country.
A combined team of officials representing the army, police, custom & immigration raided a cargo ship at Buthidaung jetty and found 1.4 million Yaba tablets.
It also arrested at least 5 people from the cargo ship titled Aung Thu Htain, which sailed around 80 miles from Sittwe, the capital city of Arakan, to Buthidaung.
The local authority seized another Yaba tablets numbering 366600 from a home at Alay Wra ward in the town of Maungdaw. The authority also arrested one Soe Wai from the spot.
According to Arakan State police chief U Nay Myo, his forces have arrested at least 8 people in the connection with both the cases.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh authority could seize around 2.8 million Yaba tablets from Dhaka and Chittagong localities and also arrested three persons for their alleged involvement with the smuggling activities.
According to Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) source, they raided in different parts of the capital city of Dhaka and southern city Chittagong simultaneously where the operation started on Sunday night and finished by next morning only.