Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: Six Bangladeshi people were arrested along with more than 20,000 pieces of Yaba tablets at Cox’s Bazar airport yesterday while smuggling Yaba to Dhaka, said Jaffar a local from Cox’s Bazar town.
The arrestees have been identified as— Abul Kalam (48), hailing from Choto Habir Para (village) in Teknaf upazila, his wife Mamtaz Begum (40) and his two daughters– Nasima Akhter (18) and Nasmin Akter (20) ; Nahidul Islam (19), son of Shawkat Ali of Palsnan Para in Teknaf upazila and Saiful Islam, 27, son of Mohammad Hossain, hailed from Cox’s Bazar town.
On being informed, the security personnel of the airport arrested people with Yaba tablets after being conducted operation, according to airport official report.
The security personnel of the airport detained three women along with 10,000 pieces of Yaba during the raided, official more added.
According to official statement, more than 10,000 Yaba tablets were also seized from their luggage of the rest three males after scanning.
According to Hasan Jahir, the Cox’s Bazar Airport managing director, all the arrestees arrived at around 3:15pm for Dhaka by a flight of ‘United Airways’.
“This is the first time that the Yaba traffickers have been arrested in airport in Cox’s Bazar” said a local business man, Salim.
Besides, 45 yaba tablets were seized from Mohamed Amanullah of Sharpurdip under Teknaf Police station on November 23 by BGB Saparang outpost while he was going to Teknaf. BGB filed a case at Teknaf police station and Cox’s Bazar Magistrate court granted six months jail, according to Teknaf police station.
Similarly, Teknaf police personnel seized 19000 Yaba tablets from indifferent areas of Teknaf on November 22 and arrested four Yaba traffickers with this connection, said Alam, from Teknaf.
According to local businessmen, thousands of Yaba tablets have been smuggled to Bangladesh from Burma through the different entry points of Burma-Bangladesh border.
There is a group of strong syndicate along the border area where they live in Burma and Bangladesh. They have good communication over the telephones with each other’s. So, the concerned authorities of Bangladesh are unable to prevent smuggling of Yaba tablets, said a trader from Teknaf on condition of anonymity.