“On secret information, a team of the CG led by Lieutenant Dickson conducted a raid at the outer anchorage in the midnight and chased a trawler for its suspicious movement,” said Captain Shahidul Islam, commanding officer of Coast Guard (East Zone), while speaking at a press conference at the base camp of the force in Ishanagar area of the city on Monday.
The crewmen of the trawler tied up four sacks of yaba pills with floating fishing net at the outer anchorage and managed to flee the scene, said Lieutenant Dickson.
Later, the CG personnel recovered the sacks and seized the consignment of yaba pills, he added.
Captain Shahidul told the Dhaka Tribune that the force arrested 48 smugglers and recovered 30, 56,214 yaba tablets worth Tk152,81,09,000 from January to August this year, including the latest consignment.
“Usually, drug peddlers bring yaba tablets into the country from Myanmar through Cox’s Bazar, Kutubdia and Saint Martin, but this time, they have used a new sea route through Sitakunda to dodge the eyes of law enforcing agencies,” said Captain Shahidul.
“After discovering the new smuggling route in Sitakunda, our surveillance would be tightened in the area to curb drug smuggling,” he added.