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Two in possession of 5kgs of crystal meth arrested in Dhaka

  • Published at 12:46 pm October 16th, 2021
A crystal meth haul seized by the Rapid Action Battalion in Jatrabari, Dhaka is seen on Saturday, October 16, 2021 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Biggest ever haul of crystal meth in the country, says RAB

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) said on Saturday it has busted a drug syndicate, with arresting two men from Dhaka in possession of more than 5kgs of crystal methamphetamine, which goes by the street name of ice.

One of the detainees has been identified as Khokon, the ringleader of the syndicate based in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar, reports UNB.

Citing intelligence sources, the news agency said that the syndicate had been sourcing the banned crystal methamphetamine drugs, popularly called Ice, from a neighbouring country and was under the radar of the spy agencies.

The syndicate was busted on a tip-off. "A RAB-15 team conducted a raid at the capital’s Jatrabari arrested Khokon and Rafique," said SP Imran Khan of RAB headquarters (media).

"We have seized 5.50 kgs of crystal methamphetamine drugs from their possession. The market value of the seized drugs is worth Tk 12.5 crore," he said before adding Khokon was wanted in several cases.

Photo shows a gun and ammunition seized by the Rapid Action Battalion during a drug bust in Jatrabari, Dhaka on Saturday, October 16, 2021 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

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“This is the biggest ever haul of crystal meth in the country”, said Commander Khandaker Al Moin, RAB’s Legal and Media Wing director, told the media.

The elite police unit also seized a pistol, five bullets, two mobile phone sets, three SIM cards and Tk 20,000 in cash from their possession.

During questioning, the detainees told RAB personnel that some 20-25 people were involved in drug peddling. They used a river route for ferrying the drugs, officials said.

Besides, the gang has members operating out of Uttara, Banani, Gulshan, Dhanmondi and Mohammadpur areas of the city.

Crystal methamphetamine is a stimulant drug. It’s stronger, more addictive and has more harmful side effects than the powder form of methamphetamine. It usually comes as small chunky clear crystals that look like ice.

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