BGB hands over list of 38 Yaba factories to Myanmar authorities

Muktadir Rashid

A Border Guard Bangladesh delegation handed over a list of 38 factories producing Amphetamine Type Stimulants to its Myanmar counterparts recently for taking actions to curb production and smuggling of the drugs.
‘We have submitted the list of 38 factories and called for joint action against the factories,’ said a senior BGB official on Sunday, who attended the recent meeting on border issues in Myanmar’s capital of Nay Pyi Taw.
The first ever senior officials’ meeting on border security and law enforcement cooperation between the chief of Myanmar police force and the director general of BGB was held in Nay Pyi Taw between on June 10 and June 12.
The BGB delegation described how the illicit drugs were being produced and smuggled into Bangladesh.
The BGB officials, according to their intelligence report, also said the Kachin Independence Army, a military arm of the political Kachin Independence Organisation in northern Myanmar, was allegedly involved in the production and smuggling of illicit drugs.
The BGB authorities collected photos of some major Yaba producing factories.
The border guards have also collected names of at least eight drug lords based in Mangdu area of Myanmar, which shares about 271 kilometres border with Bangladesh.
The BGB officials said the Myanmar border officials claimed that they were also worried about Yaba as their youths were also affected by the illicit drugs.
The Myanmar Border Guard Police officials accused Karen and Shan armies of the drug production, said home ministry officials in Dhaka.
‘Myanmar assured us that they would take meaningful action against the factories,’ another official said.
BGB’s director general, Aziz Ahmed, in a recent press conference at the Peelkhana headquarters had said that the border guards of Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to establish border liaison office near the border to ensure quick response to border issues on terrorism, drug trafficking, human trafficking and arms smuggling.
Myanmar Border Guard Police was formed after the corrupt and abusive Buddhist-dominated Nasaka was disbanded in July 2013.
The intelligence officials told New Age that Myanmar was producing 13 types of stimulant pills.
Law enforcers in Bangladesh seized thousands of Yaba pills and booked many for smuggling of the drugs.

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