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Huge yaba haul again

1.2m pills seized in the Bay of Bengal; 50,000 in Cox’s Bazar

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Huge yaba haul again

Coast Guard members seized around 12 lakh Yaba pills following a gunfight with alleged drug peddlers adjacent to Chhera Dwip in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday.

Lt commander Abdur Rahman, media officer of Bangladesh Coast Guard Headquarters, said acting on a tip-off, a team of coast guard led by Lt Commander M Nayeemul Haque, commander of Bangladesh Coast Guard in Teknaf Station, launched a drive in the south-east sea area adjacent to Chhera Dwip near Saint Martin’s Island around 12:30pm.

During the drive, the coast guard team signalled a fishing trawler to stop as its movement seemed suspicious at about 2:00pm, he said. Disregarding the signal, the suspected criminals on the trawler suddenly fired at the coast guard members. In retaliation, the coast guard troops fired back, triggering a gunfight between them.

At one stage, the Yaba smugglers left the trawler and swam towards Myanmar sea line when the coast guard members chased them.

Later, the coast guard found 11,95,600 Yaba pills, 30 rounds of bullets, two magazines, and a foreign sub-machine gun after searching the trawler.

Meanwhile, Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Tuesday midnight seized a big contingent of 4.17kgs of crystal meth popularly known as Ice and 50,000 Yaba tablets worth Tk 22 crore from the Naf River in Teknaf Upazila of Cox’s Bazar district.

The recovered drugs have been kept at the BGB's Teknaf Battalion office and legal action has been taken at Teknaf police station in this regard till filling of this report.  Nobody was arrested in this connection.