The minister said yaba is coming from Myanmar while cannabis, phensydyl, heroin, and injectable drugs are coming from India
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said on Monday that law enforcement agencies lodged 119,878 cases against 161,323 drug traders in 2018.
A total of 6,156 cases were filed against 6,671 drug traders between January and May this year.
The minister said illegal drugs enter Bangladesh from India and Myanmar.
"Although Bangladesh is not a drug-producing country, it is facing the problem," he said,responding to a starred question tabled in parliament by Jatiya Party MP, M Mujibul Huq, reports UNB.
The minister said yaba is coming from Myanmar while cannabis, phensydyl, heroin, and injectable drugs are coming from India.
He said yaba enters Bangladesh mainly through the Naf River, reports UNB.
"To prevent the entry of yaba in Bangladesh, the government has created a temporary circle of the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) comprising of nine officials. In Cox's Bazar district, an anti-narcotics team of 19 officials, including10 Ansars, are engaged,” the minister said.
He said the government is also planning to establish a naval unit in Teknaf to stop drug smuggling.
Ansars are currently deployed in five bordering districts and an adequate number of Ansars will be deployed gradually in other bordering districts of the country alongside Narcotics Control Department (DNC) officials.
Answering another query from ruling party MP Mozaffar Hossain, the minister said that currently there are a total of 212,007sanctioned posts. Of them 201,393 are police posts and 10,614 are non-police.
The government is creating posts for the police as the number of positions is not adequate for maintaining law and order. It has created a total of 80,331 posts against 50,000 approved posts.
"A proposal is underway for approval of all the posts created," he said.