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Haul of 400,000 yaba pills seized in Cox's Bazar

  • Published at 02:56 pm March 14th, 2019
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File photo of yaba pills seized by law enforcement agencies Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The  pills are being kept at the Teknaf Coast Guard office

Members of the Coast Guard have recovered 400,000 yaba pills from St Martin's Island in Cox’s Bazar.

The incident occurred on Thursday, confirmed Teknaf Coast Guard Station In-charge Lieutenant Commander Rayhan Tariq. He said the drug peddlers were chased but got away.

He said: “The drug dealers were on a trawler and went over to Myanmar’s side of the maritime border upon being discovered; we could no longer follow their trail.”

Lt Commander Rayhan Tariq said that during the early hours of Thursday, a trawler came from Myanmar and crossed over to Bangladesh. Members of Coast Guard saw the suspicious activity and signaled the trawler to halt.

“Instead of stopping, the people steering the trawler sped up and tried to make a getaway. When we went after them, they dropped a sack in the water and went back to the Myanmar side of the maritime border.

“We recovered the sack and found 455,000 yaba pills inside.”

He said the recovered yaba pills are being kept at the Teknaf Coast Guard office.