5 lakh Yaba pills seized, 7 arrested

Our Correspondent . Cox’s Bazar | Updated at 12:11am on September 21, 2020

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Bangladesh Coast Guard arrests seven people along with five lakh Yaba pills conducting a drive in the Bay of Bengal on Sunday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh Coast Guard on Sunday seized 5 lakh Yaba tablets and arrested seven people, including a Rohingya man, from a fishing boat near Saint Martin’s Island in the Bay of Bengal.

The arrestees are Abdus Sukkur, 28, Md Zahid Hossain, 35, Abdul Mannaf, 45, Noor Alam, 41, Md Aman Ullah,33, Mohammad Muharram Ali, 50, all residents of Sabrong union under Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar and Rohingya man Abdul Pedan, 23, a resident of Balukhali Rohingya camp under Ukhiya upazila in the district.

Coast Guard media officer lieutenant M Hayat Ibne Siddque said that they, on secret information that a large consignment of Yaba tablets would arrive from Myanmar through the Bay of Bengal by a fishing boat, kept the possible spots under watch.

On early Sunday, a team of Coast Guard saw a fishing trawler coming from Myanmar side in the Bay near Saint Martin’s Island under Teknaf, and signaled it to stop, but the boatmen  ignored the signal and tried to escape, he said.

The coast guards caught the fishing boat immediately, seized the Yaba tablets and arrested seven suspected drug paddlers from the boat, he said.