The smuggling of deadly drug marijuana into Bangladesh from Ethiopia in Africa has created a great concern in the South Asian country.Detective sources said marijuana is entering Bangladesh through Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.
Three consignments of the narcotic drug were seized in the airport in the last 10 days until Monday.
On Monday, Customs officials seized 140kg khat (Ethiopian marijuana) at the cargo unit of the airport.
A team of Customs House with the help of officials of the National Security Intelligence seized the marijuana, a new psychoactive substance, packed in eight cartons, said Othello Chowdhury, Deputy Commissioner of the Customs House in Dhaka.
The contraband drug was brought to Bangladesh in a flight of Jet Airways from India on September 9, he added.
On suspicion, the cartons of the drug were kept at the cargo unit after their arrival.Later, the cartons were opened on Monday in presence of the authorities concerned, the customs official said.
The consignment was sent to an address in Turag on the outskirts of the capital, he added.
The NPS, known as Ethiopian marijuana, looks like green tea and is ingested by dissolving it in water, Othello said.
Earlier, two consignments of 460 kg and 160 kg marijuana were seized by customs officials on August 31 and September 8.
Legal action was underway in connection with the seizure of the contraband drug, the customs official said.
The marijuana is being smuggled into Bangladesh under the label of “green tea”.
On September 1, the Department of Narcotics Control seized the first lot of about 466 kgs from the same airport and arrested a suspected smuggler, Mohammad Nazim.
Acting on his confession, another consignment was seized from a warehouse in Shantinagar area of the capital last night.
The consignments were brought under the name of Nawshin Enterprise.
Khorshed Alam, assistant director of the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC), confirmed that the drug came from Ethiopia, an African country.
The use of the drug, khat, is legal in a few countries, but illegal in most countries, he said. A team of DNC, headed by Additional Director Nazrul Islam of its Detective Branch, made the hauls.