Members of Airport Armed Police, a specialised unit of Armed Police Battalion (APBn), arrested a youth with 8,950 Yaba tablets at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in the capital on Wednesday.
The youth intended to smuggle the Yaba tablets into Saudi Arabia.
Ziaul Haque, additional superintendent (Media) of the APBn, briefed reporters on the matter at the airport at noon.
Saddam aimed to smuggle the Yaba pills into Dammam of Saudi Arabia on a flight of Salam Airlines, he said.
The officer said the pills were kept in his luggage, using a trick.
“We first suspected him of carrying something illegal, but he denied. Later, we searched him and his luggage and found the Yaba tablets,” he said. During primary interrogation, Saddam said he collected the pills from a man in Cumilla, aiming to send them to another man in Dammam, said the officer.
Saddam bought each Yaba tablet for Tk 200 to Tk 300 while he (the arrestee) could sell the pills for Tk 1,000 to Tk 1,500 each in Dammam, said Ziaul Haque.
About customers of Yaba pills in Saudi Arabia, he said some Bangladeshi and Saudi nationals take such drug.