He was supposed to deliver the drugs to a man in Dammam
A passenger travelling to Saudi Arabia was arrested at Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the early hours of Wednesday for allegedly trying to smuggle out drugs.
Some 9,000 yaba pills (also known as the madness drug) were seized from the possession of the accused, identified as Saddam, officials said.
Ziaul Haque, additional superintendent of police with Airport Armed Police Battalion, said Saddam wanted to smuggle out the yaba pills to Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
"Saddam was supposed to take an Oman Air flight to Saudi Arabia. Our sleuths detected the drugs inside his checked-in luggage during routine frisking. A thorough search later helped us seize the drugs," he said.
During interrogation, the accused told cops that he had collected 8,950 pieces of yaba from a person in Comilla and was supposed to deliver the same to a man in Dammam.
Saddam was also booked under the narcotics act, officials said.