Two trawlers were also seized in the drive
Coast guards have detained two suspected drug traders with 500,000 yaba pills in the Kuakata coastal area of Patuakhali.
Md Tipu and Mosharraf, from Mohipur upazila in Kuakata, were detained on two trawlers on Tuesday.
Nijampur Coast Guard Station’s Chief Petty Officer, Md Enamul Haque said: “After the press briefing at 10am, the yaba pills and the arrestees will be handed over to Mohipur Police Station.”
Coast Guard Operation Officer (South Zone) Najiur Rahman said: “Acting on a tip-off, we went to the area and searched the trawlers.
“The drug traders were smuggling the yaba pills to Patuakhali from Cox’s Bazar.”
He said: “The estimated value of these pills is about Tk25 crore. The trawlers have been seized.”
The coast guard official said the detainees are small-time drug dealers and had gone to Cox’s Bazar for a large yaba consignment.