'This is the biggest yaba seize by the coast guards this year. We have been active in our anti-drug drives but this was by far the biggest consignment'
Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard have recovered 700,000 yaba pills in the Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar.
The coast guards seized the large consignment of contraband worth about Tk35 crore, after conducting a drive at Jaillardwip in the Naf River around 5am on Friday.
Chittagong East Zone Coast Guard Media Officer Lt BN Hayat Ibn Siddique said: “On information about a large yaba consignment from Myanmar entering Bangladesh, a Coast Guard team led by Lt Sohel Rana took position in the Naf River.
“As a boat entered the maritime boundary of Bangladesh and began coming towards the coast, the Coast Guard team signalled the boat to stop. In response, the boatmen jumped off and swam away, leaving the boat sunken in the water.”
Later, coast guards conducted a search and recovered the yaba pills from the boat, he added.
Lt Sohel Rana, station commander of Teknaf Coast Guard confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune and said: “This is the biggest yaba seize by the coast guards this year. We have been active in our anti-drug drives but this was by far the biggest consignment.”
In accordance with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s zero tolerant policy against drugs, coast guards will carry on their anti-drug drives in the future, he added.
The seized contrabands were handed over to Teknaf Police Station and a case was being prepared to be filed in this connection, he also added.