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Rohingya children used as yaba mules

  • Published at 08:09 pm May 28th, 2018
Detective Branch (DB) of police present five drug dealers and a Rohingya boy, who was used as a drug mule, before the media on Monday, May 28, 2018 a day after arresting them from Dhaka's Dokkhinkhan with 3,350 yaba tablets Dhaka Tribune

Drug peddlers are using children to traffic yaba amidst the ongoing anti-narcotics drives across the country, say police

Md Afsar, a Rohingya child, was asked to swallow a small capsule-like bundle containing 50-60 yaba tablets.

The 12-year old swallowed around 30 bundles and carried the contraband drugs in his stomach during his journey from Teknaf to Dhaka. During the trip he was not allowed to eat anything. 

Upon reaching Dhaka, he was given a medicine and the bundles of yaba pills came out of his rectum with his stools. The yaba was then sold to drug dealers.

Afsar’s uncle Selim Mollah also brought many yaba pills to Dhaka in a similar way.

The information was disclosed during a press briefing at the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) media centre on Monday.

Earlier on Sunday, the Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested six drug traders, including Ashraf and Selim, from Dokkhinkhan’s east Gawair area in Dhaka. Police also recovered 3,350 yaba tablets from their possession. 

Devdas Bhattacharya, additional commissioner of DB, reported that Rohingya children are being used for trafficking, transporting, selling, and marketing of drugs, especially in the border areas of the country.

The other arrestees are identified as Mamun Sheikh, Shariful, Fahim Sarker and Razib Hossain.

Among them, Mamun Sheikh is the ringleader. He has good relations with a local resident in Cox’s Bazar named Rizwan. 

Rizwan arranged for yaba tablets from Teknaf and surrounding areas and sent them to Mamun in Dhaka through Rohingya people. 

Mamun handed over the tablets to retailer Shariful who sold them via linemen -- Fahim and Rajib. 

Devdas said Afsar and his uncle came to Dhaka from Teknaf several times while carrying yaba in their stomachs. 

Selim earned Tk15,000 and Afsar Tk10,000 from each shipment, he said. 

Rizwan has targeted Rohingya men or children in Leda or other Rohingya camps and tried to lure them into carrying yaba in their stomachs by tempting them with money, the police official added.

“We are trying to arrest Rizwan,” he said.

“The drug peddlers are currently using children due to the ongoing anti-drug drives across the country,” said the additional commissioner. 

Law enforcers have launched a crackdown on drug abuse across the country. So far about 100 people have been killed and huge cache of illegal drugs recovered during these drives.