Teknaf BGB 2 Captain Lieutenant Colonel Abujar Al Jahid confirming the incident said acting on a tip-off, they conducted a drive on the boat, which entered the river from Myanmar, around 8:00am on Sunday.
“Sensing our presence, the drug peddlers fled the boat anchoring it on the shore,” he said.
Later, the contraband pills were recovered from the boat, Abujar added.
According to the Department of Narcotics Control, yaba is being smuggled into the country from Myanmar. The pills are manufactured in some 40 factories along Myanmar border. The smugglers prefer waterways to land routes to avoid encounters with law enforcers.