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The ‘yaba dates’

  • Published at 11:37 pm November 9th, 2018
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Fake dates that were used to smuggle yaba pills. The dates were confiscated from a smuggler at Dhaka airport on Friday; November 9, 2018 Screenshot from a video posted on the APBn official Facebook page

One held for trying to smuggle yaba concealed in what appears to be dates

Smugglers of yaba, a banned but popular club drug, have adopted various techniques to evade law enforcement.

On Friday, the Armed Police Battalion (APBn) detained a man, Rubel, with 1,050 yaba pills at the Dhaka airport. But the way they were being smuggled was unique.

The yaba pills were hidden inside what appeared to be dates at first glance, said Airport APBn Additional Superintendent of Police Alamgir Hossain.

A video posted on APBn’s Facebook page showed one of the ‘dates’ being opened up. After peeling off the outer layer, a tightly-packed packet was found. Fifty yaba pills were hidden inside it.

“We had been tipped off about a yaba consignment being smuggled in from Cox’s Bazar. When we frisked Rubel, we found 21 small objects which at first appeared to be dates, hidden in his underwear and shoes,” Alamgir said.

“But it turned out these were fake dates made of plastic and paper. We found 1,050 yaba pills hidden inside the 21 ‘dates’,” he said.

Rubel and three others were apprehended around 3:30pm, when they were trying to cross the Green Channel.

Alamgir said three other suspects –Jalal, Nahid Sheikh and Shabbir Ahmed – were sent to Uttara Modern Medical College Hospital.

“We suspect that they may be carrying yaba in their stomach,” he added.