Banned drugs entering country from Burma ahead of Festival

Teknaf, Bangladesh: Banned drugs like— Phensidyl, Yaba and heroin— are entering the country almost every day from the neighboring country – Burma – ahead of Festival, according to a businessman from Teknaf preferring not to be named for security reason.

Sources said drug dealers are smuggling— Phensidyl, Yaba tablets and heroin through different border points of the country. These are allegedly being stored in different parts of the country including the capital city of Dhaka and Chittagong.

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested four drug traders with 1.6 kg heroin from Cox’s Bazar on the night of July 25. They also seized a locally-manufactured gun, two bullets and a machete from their possession.

According to RAB sources— Ms Usha Rakhine is a listed and is a well-known notorious drug dealer and her name has been listed in the Home Ministry, police, RAB and BGB. However, names of other members of the gang could not be identified.

During interrogation, Ms Usha confessed to RAB that her gang had been involved in the illegal trade of drugs for a long time. The gang smuggled in various drugs from Burma and later supplied to different parts of the country including Dhaka and Chittagong.

Last week, BGB men seized an engine-driven trawler containing about 170,000 pieces of Yaba tablets from the Naf River nearby Shapuri Dip in Teknaf.

Without knowledge of concerned authorities, different smugglers are smuggling in thousands of bottles of Phensidyl, heroin and Yaba tablets through different border points along Burma-Bangladesh border, said Rahman from Bangladesh-Burma border area.

Youngsters, mostly college and university students of the capital city and its outskirts, are gradually getting addicted to drugs, endangering their lives, according to detective police.

The elite force seized about 500,000 pieces of Yaba tablets from different parts of the country in last six months, RAB sources said.

Taking advantage of weakness of unscrupulous members of law enforcement agencies, organized Yaba smugglers have built up a strong network in the capital and its outskirts, local sources said.

Many smugglers were arrested with Yaba tablets along Burma-Bangladesh border points. Later, they were sent to jail but within a few days, they got bail and came out of jail. Again, they got involved in their old trade, said a local from Cox’s Bazar.
Alarmingly, a large number of youngsters of well-to-do family and even middle and lower middle class families have become addicted to Yaba and dangerous situation will be prevailed in Bangladesh in future, said a local politician from Chittagong.

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