Dhaka : In a record drug bust, Bangladesh has seized 2.8 million methamphetamine tablets from Myanmar with a street value of around USD 10.5 million and arrested three persons as the country struggles to tackle the problem of drug abuse.
Contraband Yaba tablets often referred to as ‘horse drug’ were seized in near simultaneous security clampdowns in the capital and northeastern port city of Chittagong. Elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) called it the country’s biggest-ever drug and arrested three suspected drug peddlers. “One of the three is Ali Ahmed, who, we believe he is a top drug smuggler… this is the biggest seizure of Yaba tablets in Bangladesh,” RAB spokes-man Major Maksudul Alam told newsmen. Director general of Customs Intelligence Moinul Khan, told PTI that the estimated value of the seized volume of the tablets could be as high as Taka 84 crore or USD 10.5 million.