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Drug dealing still on despite crackdown

57 peddlers arrested in capital

  • Esaraf Hossain
  • 30 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Drug dealing still on despite crackdown

Drug dealing is continuing in different parts of the capital and on its outskirts though law enforcers are carrying out a crackdown against narcotics.

Sources said a good number of youths take narcotic drugs, endangering their life.

Drug business is not coming to a stop though law enforcers seize drugs and arrest dealers now and then in the anti-narcotic drives.

Some drug traders are arrested by law enforcers sometimes, but their ringleaders remain untraced, detective sources said.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) in separate drives arrested 57 people on charges of selling and consuming drugs in different areas of the capital early Wednesday.

 Detective and plain-clothes police jointly cracked down on them and seized illegal drugs from their possession.

The DMP seized 8,639 pieces of sedative yaba tablets, 170 grams of heroin, 18 kilograms of cannabis and 76 bottles of phensidyl.

DMP Deputy Commissioner (Media and Public Relations) Faruk Hossain confirmed the news.

Based on information, law enforcers conducted a 24-hour drive and cracked down on the drug traders from different places, he said.

A total of 44 cases have been filed against the detained persons under the Narcotics Control Act, the DMP officer added.

Recently, the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) has listed nearly 3,500 drug traders, including around 100 godfathers.

“Those who are on the list are being strictly monitored. We’re trying to arrest them as soon as possible,” DNC Additional Director Fazlur Rahman told this while talking to journalists on Friday.

Alongside other drugs, including yaba, drug traders are also smuggling the new brand of deadly drug named crystal methamphetamine (Ice) into the country from Myanmar.

Most of the Ice dealers are highly educated, as well as they come from very wealthy families, according to the DNC. Last week, police arrested five people with 560gm crystal meth and 1,200 yaba tablets during raids on Mohammadpur and Dhanmondi in the capital.

The arrestees are Zakaria Ahmed Aman, 32, Tareque Ahmed, 55, Saddam Hossain, 31, Shahidul Islam Khan, 48, and Jashim Uddin, 50.

The DNC said they also prepared a list of 3,000 drug traders last year.

Asked why the drug dealers are not being arrested, the DNC executive replied: "It is not possible to arrest everyone due to the lack of evidence as they don’t deal directly, rather control the racket with money."

Despite the government’s zero-tolerance policy and a police crackdown, the drug trade, especially that of yaba, continues in full swing.

Due to its easy portability, yaba, which mostly comes in through Myanmar, has spread like wildfire in Bangladesh.

In 2018, law enforcers carried out a crackdown on yaba traders, leading to a number of gunfights. While the gunfights often put law enforcement agencies under criticism, yaba trade continued unobstructed.

Law enforcers said drug traders are becoming active with the corona pandemic declining gradually.

With the increasing number of arrests being made over crystal meth possession, the drug might soon replace yaba as the next drug of destruction, many have feared.

Last week, security personnel seized over 6,000 yaba pills from an outbound passenger plane at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.

Members of Aviation Security spotted suspicious objects while scanning the luggage of Kazi Nayan, a Dammam-bound passenger of Flight BG-4049 of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Group Captain AHM Touhid-ul Ahsan, director of the HSIA told reporters.

The passenger was later interrogated and initially 6,038 yaba pills were seized from his possession.