Monday, 20 September, 2021

Women dominate drug empire

Listed female drug smugglers are now allegedly running most of the suspected drug dens in Dhaka.

Around 100 female branded drug smugglers are now controlling the major part of drug underworld in the capital, detective sources said.

The number of female drug traders is increasing as they can easily pass through police checkpoints, they added.

Detective police arrested two listed female drug traders with 20,000 Yaba tablets from the capital’s Shajahanpur area on Saturday night.

The arrestees were identified as Sumi Aktar alias Parul and Tania Aktar alias Payel, who were involved in such drug business for long, said DB inspector of Lalbagh zone Subroto Kumar Poddar.

Besides, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) conducting separate drives arrested 81 people from different parts of the capital on Sunday for either selling or taking narcotics.  

According to a media statement, 44 cases under the Narcotics Control Act were filed against the arrestees with the police stations concerned.

During the raids, 28,455 Yaba pills, 228 grams of heroin, 34.5kg cannabis, and 131 bottles of Phensedyl were seized from them.

According to the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC), over 3,000 drug peddlers are still active across the country while nearly 300 of them in the capital.

Sources in law enforcement agencies said over 100 females are engaged in drug dealing or smuggling in Dhaka. They control the major portion of the drug market.

Police said law enforces round up female drug peddlers, but they easily come out of jail on bail.

They said in most cases, female dealers now run drug business as they can easily carry drugs from place to place, dodging eyes of law enforcers.

DNC sources said drugs are smuggled into Bangladesh from Myanmar and India. Teknaf border of Cox’s Bazar is the major route for Yaba smuggling.

Yaba is usually smuggled into Bangladesh through 45 routes in Cox’s Bazar which borders Rakhine state of Myanmar.

The DNC intelligence said a total of 37 Yaba factories are being operated in the border town of Mongdu in Myanmar.

A high police official said, “We’ve made a shortlist of notorious drug traders in the capital and instructed the crime division to crack down on them.”

The list includes 12 women while some of them are wanted in over one dozen cases.

Najma Begum, 45, wife of Rabiul Islam alias Rubel, runs drug business in Khilkhet and is wanted in 23 cases.    Police said Najma was sentenced to life in prison in a case. They are conducting a drive to arrest her.

Saleha, 51, wife of Abdur Rahman, deals in drugs in Taltola area. She is wanted in 18 cases filed with Rupnagar Police Station.

“Drives are continuing to arrest her,” a police officer said.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Shafiqul Islam said police conduct drives in the listed drug spots in the capital and pick up those who are found in possession of narcotics.

“Drug peddlers have no place in Dhaka city,” he said, adding that by turn, all the branded drug spots in the capital will be demolished.

 “We’ve drawn up a list of drug dealers based on intelligence agencies’ information. They will be brought to book,” he said, adding that drug dealers have to pay for their misdeeds.

More than 400 suspected drug dealers have been killed in ‘gunfights’ and their factional conflicts across the country since the beginning of the crackdown.