Detectives have busted a yaba manufacturing factory in Bepari Para area of Chittagong city Tuesday night.
A team of Detective Branch (DB) personnel under Chittagong Metropolitan Police conducted a drive in the area and seized 250,000 pieces of yaba tablets.
Four people were arrested and around 100kg of yaba making substances along with some manufacturing equipment were seized during the drive, confirmed DB Inspector Mohammad Mohasin on Wednesday afternoon.
The detainees were identified as Shyamal Majumder, 37, Abdullah Al Aman, 34, Mamun Hossain, 32 and Ayesha Siddiqua, 27.
According to DB’s Additional Deputy Commissioner (west) AAM Humayun Kabir, around 10 lakh yaba tablets could be manufactured from the seized raw materials.
The seized materials include four steel-made dice, two pressure machines, one digital scale, three sacks of powder mixed with amphetamines, four litres of rose-coloured dye, three sacks of white-coloured powder and two iron machines.
During primary interrogation, two of the detainees – Shyamal and Mamun – confessed that they collect the raw materials from local market and manufacture yaba pills in a rented house.
They then peddle the tablets in different parts of the country through their associate Aman.
According to the Department of Narcotics Control, yaba pills that are being smuggled to Bangladesh are being manufactured in some 40 factories along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.