These transport workers usually send yaba tablets to different parts of the country in the name of business houses which do business of electronic stuff.
Sources at RAB said a section of transport workers send the illegal drugs to different places across the country and another section receives the tablets.
The gangs have already smuggled the yaba pills in the name of electronic items several times, said the sources.
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB 7) seized 90,000 pieces of yaba in the port city early on Thursday. The consignment of yaba was being sent to Dhaka on a truck.
RAB personnel also arrested two transport workers – Ahmad Nur, 48, of Patiya upazila, and Md Rasel, 29, of Bakalia area, from city’s Kadamtali area, said RAB sources.
Both of them work at New Al Amin Transport Agency and New Shimul Transport Agency receptively.
RAB personnel also seized a truck with 6,000 bottles of phensidyl from city’s Saltgola area in another drive on the same day.
“The smugglers have adopted the new technique to carry illegal drugs. They are now choosing transport agencies to convey the drug consignments using fake business addresses” said Lieutenant Colonel Mifta Uddin Ahmed, commanding officer of RAB 7, at a press conference held at RAB district headquarters.
“The smugglers have adopted the new methods to dodge the eyes of law enforcers, as law enforcement agencies have tightened their vigilance to stop yaba trading, he said.
He said RAB personnel recently have seized 70,000 yaba pills from 35 cartons of energy bulbs which were being sent to Ramesh Sarkar Electronics in Dhaka. Later, the RAB came to know that there was no existence of Ramesh Sarkar Electronics.
Apart from this, 20,000 pieces of Yaba pills were being sent to Dhaka through Shimul Paribahan. The consignment was also seized by the members of the law enforcement agencies.
“During primary interrogation, the duo – Ahmad Nur and Md Rasel – said a gang of five to six members were involved in the illegal business,” he added. Mifta also said earlier consignment of energy bulbs were sent to Jasim Electric House Ramesh Sarkar Electronic and Sagor Lighting House. Later, it was known that the addresses were fake.
“The gang exchanges money using SA Paribahan, Sonali Bank, Standard Charted Bank, and Brac Bank accounts”, said Mifta.
It is mentionable that RAB had arrested two staff of SA Paribahan in city’s Double Mooring area on 28 November last year and seized one lakh yaba pills which were concealed inside a wooden Almirah.